William Shakespeare Language, Vocabulary and Dictionary
William Shakespeare Dictionary
WAFT to wave, beckon To turn, float WAFTAGE passage WAFTURE waving, beckoning WAGE to reward as with wages WAILFUL lamentable WAIST the middle of a ship WANNION 'with a vengeance.' WAPPENED withered, overworn WARD Prison guard WARDEN a large pear used for baking WARDER truncheon WARN to summon WASSAIL a drinking bout, Festivity WAT a familiar word for a hare WATCH a watch light WATCH to tame by keeping constantly awake WATER-GALL a secondary rainbow WATER-RUG a kind of dog WATER-WORK painting in distemper WAX to grow WAXEN to hiccough WEALTH weal, advantage WEAR fashion WEATHER-FEND to defend from the weather WEB AND PIN the cataract in the eye WEE small, tiny, to think WEED garment WEET to wit, know WEIGH OUT to outweigh WELKIN the sky WELL-LIKING in good condition WEND to go WESAND the wind-pipe WHELKED marked with whelks or protuberances WHEN an exclamation of impatience WHIFFLER an officer who clears the way in processions WHILE-ERE a little while ago WHILES until WHIP-STOCK handle of a whip WHIST hushed, silent WHITE the centre of an archery butt WHITELY pale-faced WHITING-TIME bleaching time
WHITSTER bleacher WHITTLE a clasp knife WHOO-BUB hubbub WHOOP to cry out with astonishment WICKED noisome, baneful WIDOW to give a jointure to WIDOWHOOD widow's jointure WIGHT person WILD weald WILDERNESS wildness WIMPLED veiled, hooded WINDOW-BARS lattice-work across a woman's stomacher WINDRING winding WINTER-GROUND to protect (a plant) from frost WISH to commend WISTLY wistfully WIT knowledge, wisdom WITHOUT beyond WITS five, the five senses WITTOL a contented cuckold WITTY intelligent WOMAN-TIRED hen-pecked WONDERED marvellously gifted WOOD mad WOODCOCK a simpleton WOODMAN a forester, huntsman WOOLWARD shirtless WORLD 'To go to the world' is to get married So 'a woman of the world' is a married woman WORM a serpent WORSER worse WORSHIP to honour WORTH wealth, fortune WORTS cabbages WOT to know WOUND twisted about WREAK to avenge WREAKFUL revengeful, avenging WREST an instrument used for tuning a harp WRIT gospel, truth WRITHLED shrivelled WROTH calamity, misfortune WRUNG twisted, strained WRY to swerve
Interpreting Elizabethan / Shakespearean Manuscripts and Original Documents
Vital, but little known, information about the Elizabethan alphabet is essential when looking at copies of original manuscripts of the period - examples of which can be found in Shakespeare's ' First Folio '. Learning the alphabet used during the Elizabethan era will no doubt clarify many questions that the differences of the Tudor / Elizabethan alphabet have raised such as "Couldn't Elizabethans spell properly?" and "Why is there so much confusion with the letters 'u' and 'v' and 'i' and 'j' ?Shakespeare translations and understanding the real meanings behind some of the Shakespeare language in the great plays and sonnets can be difficult. And this is hardly surprising when the expressions and their meanings have been obsolete since the Elizabethan era!