Glossary

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baby
baccare, backare
bacchanal
bachelor
back
backare
backbite
backfriend
backing
backside
backsword
back-trick
backward
backwardly
bacon
bacon-fed
bad
bade
badge
baffle
bag
baggage
bagpipe
bail
bailiff
bait
baiting-place
bake
baked meats
balance
bald
baldric, baldrick
bale
baleful
balk
ball
ballad
ballasting
ballet
ballow
balm
balmy
balsam
balsamum
ban
bancrout, bankrout, bankerout
band
bandetto, banditto
ban-dog
bandy
bandying
bane
bang
bank
banket
bankrout, bankerout
banneret
banning
banquet, banket
banquet, running
bar
barbarism
Barbary cock-pigeon
Barbary hen
barbed
barber-monger
bare
bare-bone
bare-boned
bare-gnawn
barely
bareness
barful
baring
bark
bark about
barked
barky
barley broth
barley-break
barm
barn
barnacle
barren
barrenness
barren-spirited
barricado
barrow
Bartholomew boar-pig
Bartholomew-tide
base
base viol
base-born
base-court
baseless
basely
baseness
bashful
basilisk
basis
basket-hilt
bass viol, base viol
bass, base
bastard
bastardizing
bastardly
bastardy
baste
bastinado
bat
batch
bate
bate-breeding
bated
bateless
bat-fowling
batler, batlet
battalia
batten
battery
battle
battled
batty
bauble
baubling, bawbling
baulk, balk
bavian
bavin
bawcock
bawd
bawdry
bawdy
bawdy-house
bay
be
beached
beachy
bead
beadle
beadsman
beak
beam
bear
bear a
bearard
beard
bearer
bearherd, bear-herd, bearard, bearward, berrord
bearing
bearing-cloth
bearward
beast
beastly
beat
beaten
beating
beauty
beauty-waning
beaver
because
bechance
beck
becking
beckon
beckoning
become
becomed
becoming
bedashed
bedazzle
bed-blotting
bedded
bedew
bedfellow
bed-hanger
bedim
Bedlam
bed-presser
bedred
bedrench
bedrid, bed-rid, bedred
bed-right
bed-swerver
bed-vow
bedward, to
beefs
beef-witted
beer / ale, small
beesome
beest
beest-eating
beetle
beetle-headed
befall
befall of
before
before-breach
beforehand
before-time
befortune
beg
beget
beggar
beggared
beggar-fear
beggarly
beggary
begird
begnaw
beguild
beguile
beguiling
behalf
behaviour
behest
behind
behindhand
behold
beholden
beholding
behoof
behoofeful
behove
behoveful, behoofeful
behowl
being
being that
belch
belching
beldam
be-lee
belie
belief
belike
bell
bellman
bell-wether
belly
belly doublet
belly-god
belly-pinched
belock
belong
belonging
beloving
bemadding
bemeet
bemete, be-mete
bemoaning
bemock
bemocked-at
bemoil
bemonster, be-monster
ben venuto
bench
bencher
bench-hole
bend
bending
beneath
benediction
benefactor
benefice
benefit
benet
benevolence
benison
bent
benumbed
bepaint
bepray
bequeath
berattle
beray
bereave
bereaved
berhyme, be-rime
Bermoothes
berrord
bescreen
beseech
beseek
beseem
beseeming
beset
beshrew, 'shrew
beside
besides
besiege
beslubber
besmear
besmirch
besom
besonian, bezonian
besort
bespeak
bespice
bespoke
best
best a
bestained
best-boding
best-conditioned
bestead, bested
bestir
best-moving
bestow
bestowing
bestraught
bestrew
bestride
best-tempered
betake
beteem, beteene
beteene
bethink
bethinking
bethought
bethump
betide
betime
betimes
betossed
betray
betrim
better
bettered
betumbled
between
betwixt
bevel
bevy
beware
bewasted
beweep
bewet
bewhore
bewitchment
bewray
bezonian
bias
bias-drawing
bibble-babble
bid
bid the base / bass
biddy
bide
bide upon
biding
bifold, by-fold
big
biggen
bigger-looked
bigness
bilbo
bilboes
bile
bill
billet
billing
bind
bind in
bind up
bird
bird-bolt, burbolt
birding
birdlime
birth
birth-child
birthdom
birthright
bis
bisson
bit
bite
bite one's thumb
bite one's tongue
biting
bitter
bitumed
blab
blabber
blabbing
black
blackamoor
black-cornered
bladder
blade
bladed
blain
blame
blameful
blank
blank charter
blaspheme
blast
blasted
blasting
blastment
blaze
blazon
blazoned
blazoning
bleak
blear
bleared
bleed
bleeding
blench
blend
blent
bless
blessed, blest
blessedly
blind
blindness
blind-worm
blinking
blister
blistered
blithe
bloat
block
blockish
blood
blood-boltered
blood-drinking
blood-sized
bloody
bloody-minded
bloomed
blossoms
blot
blot out
blow
blown
blowt
blowze
blubbered
blue
bluebottle
blue-cap
blunt
blur
blurt
blurt at
blushing
bluster
blusterer
blustering
blusterous
board
boast off
bob
bobtail
bode
bodement
bodge
boding
bodkin
body
body forth
bodykins
boggle
boggler
Bohemian-Tartar
boiled
boiled-brain
boisterous
boisterously
bold
bolden
boldened
boldness
bolin
bollen
bolster
bolt
bolted
bolter
bolting
bolting-hutch
bombard, bumbard
bombast, bumbast
bona-roba
bond
bondage
bondmaid
bondman
bondslave
bone
bone-ache, Neapolitan
bonnet
bonny
book
bookish
book-man
book-mate
book-oath
boon
boor
boorish
boot
boot-hose
bootless
bo-peep
border
bordering
bore
boresprit
borne
borrow
borrowed
bosky
bosom
bosomed
bossed
botch
botcher
botchy
both
both-sides
bots
bottle
bottle-ale
bottled
bottom
bottomless
boughs
bought and sold
bounce
bouncing
bound
bound a
bounded
bounden
bounding
bounteous
bounteously
bounty
bourn
bout
bow
bow hand
bow-back
bowed
bowels
bower
bowget
bowling, bowline
box-tree
boy
boy-queller
brabble
brabbler
brace
braced
bracelet
brach
brag
braggardism, braggartism
bragged
bragging
bragless
braid
braided
brain
brained
brainish
brainsick, brain-sick
brain-sickly
brake
bran
branch
branched
branchless
brand
brandish
brass
brass, braze
brassy
brat
brave
bravely
bravery
braving
brawl
brawling
brawn
brawn-buttock
braze
brazen
brazen-faced
brazier
breach
bread
bread-chipper
break
break a
breaking
break-neck
break-promise
break-vow
breast
breath
breathe
breathed
breather
breathing
breathing while
breathless
breech
breeching
breed
breed-bate
breeder
breeding
breese, breeze
brew
brewage
brewed
brew-house
briar
bribed
briber
bridal
bride
bride-habited
bridehouse
bridle
brief
briefly
briefness
brim
brimmed
brinded
brine
brine-pit
bring
bring a
bringing up
bringing-forth
brinish
brisk
brisky
Britain
Brittaine
broach
broached
broad
broad-fronted
brock
brogue
broil
broke
broken
broker, broker-between
broker-lackey
broking
brooch
brood
brood, on
brooded
brook
broom-grove
broomstaff
brother
brotherhood
brought abed / to bed
brow
brow-bind
brown
browny
browse
bruise
bruising
bruit
brunt
brush
bubble
bubukle, bubuncle
buck
buck-basket
bucket
bucking
buckle
buckler
buckram, buckrom
buck-washing
bud
budge, bodge
budger
budget
buff
buffet
bug
bugbear
bugle
bugle-bracelet
building
bulk
bull-beef
bullet
bull's-pizzle
bully
bully rook
bulwark
bum-baily, bum-bailiff
bumbard
bumbast
bunch-backed
bung
buoy up
bur
burbolt
burden
burdened, burthened
burdenous
burden-wise
burdock
burgher
burgomaster
burgonet
burial
burly-boned
burn
burnet
burning zone
burnt
burr
burst
burthen
bury
bush
business
buskined
busky
buss
bustling
busy
but
butcherly
butchery
butler
butt
butt-end
butter
butter-woman
buttery
buttery bar
button
buttoned
butt-shaft
buxom
buy
buzz
buzzard
buzzer
buzzing
by
by and by
by any means
by-dependance
by-drinking
by-fold
by-gone
byle, bile
by-past
by-peep
by-room
by-word
base (adj.) 1dishonourable, low, unworthy
base (adj.) 2low-born, lowly, plebeian, of lower rank
base (adj.) 3poor, wretched, of low quality
base (adj.) 4non-precious, worthless, of low value
base (adj.) 5low-lying, lowland
base (n.) 1basis, foundation, cause
base (n.) 2foundation, supporting structure
base (n.) 3pedestal
base (n.) 4[plural] type of knee-length skirt worn by a knight on horseback
base (n.) 5 
base (v.)   
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Frequency count
AC V.ii.158 [Cleopatra to and of Seleucus] O rarely base!
AW II.iii.170 [Bertram to King, of Helena] she, which late / Was in my nobler thoughts most base, is now / The praised of the King
AW III.vi.27 [First Lord to Bertram] in the highest compulsion of base fear
AYL II.iii.32 [Orlando to Adam] wouldst thou have me go and beg my food, / Or with a base and boisterous sword enforce / A thievish living on the common road?
AYL III.ii.64 [Touchstone to Corin] civet is of a baser birth than tar
Cor I.v.8 [Martius to Lartius] these base slaves, / Ere yet the fight be done, pack up
Cor III.ii.100 [Coriolanus to all] Must I / With base tongue give to my noble heart / A lie that it must bear?
Cym I.vii.109 [Iachimo to Innogen] by-peeping in an eye / Base and illustrous
Cym I.vii.144 [Innogen to Iachimo] If thou wert honourable, / Thou wouldst have told this tale for virtue, not / For such an end thou seek'st, as base, as strange
Cym II.iii.125 [Innogen to Cloten, of Posthumus] Wert thou the son of Jupiter, and no more / But what thou art besides, thou wert too base / To be his groom
E3 II.ii.80 [King Edward to Prince Edward] basest theft is that / Which cannot cloak itself on poverty
E3 III.iii.183 [King Edward to Prince Edward] with this armour I impall thy breast, ... / That never base affections enter there
E3 IV.iv.79 [Prince Edward to Herald] That such base breath should vanish from my lips, / To urge the plea of mercy to a man, / The Lord forbid!
Ham III.ii.193 [Second Player as Queen to her King] The instances that second marriage move / Are base respects of thrift, but none of love
1H4 I.iii.107 [Hotspur to King Henry] Never did base and rotten policy / Colour her working with such deadly wounds
1H4 I.iii.163 [Hotspur to and of Northumberland and Worcester] Being the agents, or base second means
1H4 II.iv.245 [Prince Hal to Falstaff] when thou hast tired thyself in base comparisons hear me speak but this
1H4 III.ii.25 [Prince Hal to King Henry] tales devised ... / By smiling pickthanks and base newsmongers [or: sense 2]
1H4 III.ii.125 [King Henry to Prince Hal] Thou that art like enough, through vassal fear, / Base inclination, ... / To fight against me
2H4 II.iv.120 [Doll to Pistol] you poor, base, rascally, cheating, lack-linen mate!
2H4 III.ii.229 [Feeble to Bardolph] I'll ne'er bear a base mind
2H4 IV.i.33 [Westmorland to Archbishop] If that rebellion / Came like itself, in base and abject routs
2H4 IV.i.40 [Westmorland to Archbishop] the ugly form / Of base and bloody insurrection
H5 II.i.92 [Pistol to Nym] Base is the slave that pays!
H5.IV.v.14 [Bourbon to all] he that will not follow Bourbon now, / Let him go hence ... / Like a base pander
1H6 II.iv.35 [Warwick to all] without all colour / Of base insinuating flattery
1H6 III.i.180 [Somerset to himself, as if to York] Perish, base prince, ignoble Duke of York!
1H6 III.i.196 [Exeter alone] this base and envious discord
1H6 IV.i.14 [Talbot to Falstaff] I vowed, base knight, when I did meet thee next / To tear the Garter from thy craven's leg
1H6 V.ii.18 [Pucelle to all] Of all base passions, fear is most accursed
1H6 V.v.49 [Suffolk to all] Disgrace not so your king / That he should be so abject, base, and poor / To choose for wealth and not for perfect love
2H6 II.i.13 [Gloucester to King] 'tis but a base ignoble mind / That mounts no higher than a bird can soar
2H6 IV.i.39 [Whitmore to Suffolk] Never yet did base dishonour blur our name
2H6 IV.viii.62 [Cade to himself] only my followers' base and ignominious treasons, makes me betake me to my heels
3H6 I.i.178 [Westmorland to King] Base, fearful, and despairing Henry!
H8 II.i.104 [Buckingham to all] I am richer than my base accusers / That never knew what truth meant
JC IV.iii.24 [Brutus to Cassius] shall we now / Contaminate our fingers with base bribes
KJ II.i.586 [Bastard alone, of King John's change of mind] From a resolved and honourable war, / To a most base and vile-concluded peace
KJ V.i.68 [Bastard to King John] Shall we ... / Send fair-play orders and make compromise, / Insinuation, parley, and base truce / To arms invasive?
LLL I.i.87 [Berowne to King] Small have continual plodders ever won, / Save base authority from others' books [or: sense 3]
LLL I.ii.57 [Armado to Mote] as it is base for a soldier to love, so am I in love with a base wench [first instance]
LLL II.i.16 [Princess to Boyet] Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye, / Not uttered by base sale of chapmen's tongues
Luc 93 [of Tarquin] Hiding base sin in plaits of majesty
Luc 202 [] my digression is so vile, so base, / That it will live engraven in my face
Luc 660 [Lucrece to Tarquin, of his evils] So shall these slaves be king, and thou their slave; / Thou nobly base, they basely dignified
Luc 928 [Lucrece as if to time] Base watch of woes
Luc 1000 [Lucrece as if to time, of Tarquin] who so base would such an office have / As sland'rous deathsman to so base a slave?
Luc 1002 [of Tarquin] The baser is he, coming from a king, / To shame his hope with deeds degenerate
MM III.i.92 [Isabella to Claudio] Thou art too noble to conserve a life / In base appliances
MV II.vii.50 [Morocco to himself] Is't like that lead contains her? 'Twere damnation / To think so base a thought
MW I.iii.19 [Pistol to Bardolph] O base Hungarian wight! [or: sense 2]
MW I.iii.83 [Pistol to Nym, of Falstaff] Base Phrygian Turk!
Oth IV.ii.139 [Emilia to Iago and Desdemona] The Moor's abused by some most villainous knave, / Some base notorious knave
Per II.v.61 [Pericles to Simonides] My actions are as noble as my thoughts, / That never relished of a base descent [or: sense 2]
Per IV.vi.190 [Marina to Boult] prostitute me to the basest groom / That doth frequent your house [or: sense 2]
R2 I.i.192 [Bolingbroke to King Richard, of throwing up his gage] Ere my tongue / Shall wound my honour with such feeble wrong, / Or sound so base a parle
R2 IV.i.20 [Aumerle to all, of Bagot] What answer shall I make to this base man?
R2 IV.i.29 [Aumerle to Bagot, of Bagot's blood] though being all too base / To stain the temper of my knightly sword
R2 V.i.33 [Queen Isabel to Richard] wilt thou ... fawn on rage with base humility, / Which art a lion and a king of beasts?
R3 III.vii.188 [Buckingham to all, of King Edward] he ... / Seduced the pitch and height of his degree / To base declension and loathed bigamy
Sonn 33.5 [of the sun] Anon permit the basest clouds to ride / With ugly rack on his celestial face
Sonn 34.3 [to the sun] Why didst thou ... let base clouds o'ertake me in my way, / Hiding thy brav'ry in their rotten smoke?
Sonn 100.4 [to the Muse] Spend'st thou thy fury on some worthless song, / Dark'ning thy power to lend base subjects light?
Sonn 141.6 [] Nor are mine ears with thy tongue's tune delighted, / Nor tender feeling to base touches prone
TC II.ii.154 [Paris to all, of Helen] What treason were it ... to deliver her possession up / On terms of base compulsion!
TG II.vii.73 [Julia to Lucetta, of deceitful men's oaths and tears] Base men, that use them to so base effect!
TG III.i.157 [Duke to Valentine] Go, base intruder, overweening slave
TG IV.i.28 [Valentine to Outlaws, of killing a man] I slew him manfully in fight, / Without false vantage or base treachery
TG IV.i.73 [Third Outlaw to Valentine, of attacking women or the poor] we detest such vile base practices
TG V.iv.137 [Duke to Thurio, of Silvia] The more degenerate and base art thou / To make such means for her as thou hast done
Tim III.iv.59 [Flavius to Servants, of his answer] 'tis not so base as you, / For you serve knaves
Tim IV.iii.467 [Flavius to himself] What viler thing upon the earth than friends, / Who can bring noblest minds to basest ends!
Tit V.iii.184 [Aaron to all] I am no baby, I, that with base prayers / I should repent the evils I have done
TNK II.i.267 [Palamon to Arcite] What 'twere to filch affection from another! / Thou art baser in it than a cutpurse
TNK III.iii.44 [Palamon to Arcite] Base cousin
TNK III.vi.117 [Arcite to Palamon] we had a noble difference, / But base disposers of it
TS III.i.45 [Hortensio as Licio to Lucentio as Cambio] The bass is right, 'tis the base knave that jars
WT IV.iv.416 [Polixenes to Florizel] thou art too base / To be acknowledged
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