Glossary

Select headwordChoose sense from the list below
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.)   
Choosing a line reference will open up a new page, taking you to that point in the text. This Glossary page will remain open.
See also...
Frequency count
AW I.i.180 [Helena to Parolles] the poorer born, / Whose baser stars do shut us up in wishes [i.e. the stars which doom someone to a lowly life]
Cor III.i.108 [Coriolanus to all, of giving the plebeians power] It makes the consuls base!
Cor I.i.155 [Menenius to First Citizen] being one o'th'lowest, basest, poorest / Of this most wise rebellion, thou goest foremost [or: sense 1]
Cym I.ii.56 [Cymbeline to Posthumus] Thou basest thing, avoid hence, from my sight! [or: sense 1]
Cym II.iii.112 [Cloten to Innogen, of Posthumus] The contract you pretend with that base wretch, / One bred of alms
Cym.II.iii.121 [Cloten to Innogen, of her relationship to Posthumus] with a base slave, / A hilding for a livery
Cym IV.ii.26 [Belarius to himself] Cowards father cowards, and base things sire base
Ham V.ii.61 [Hamlet to Horatio] 'Tis dangerous when the baser nature comes / Between the pass and fell incensed points / Of mighty opposites
2H4 V.iii.92 [Pistol to Silence] Puff i'thy teeth, most recreant coward base!
2H4 V.iii.99 [Pistol to Falstaff] A foutre for the world and worldlings base!
H5 II.i.27 [Pistol to Nym] Base tike, call'st thou me host? [or: sense 1]
H5 III.i.29 [King Henry to all] For there is none of you so mean and base / That hath not noble lustre in your eyes
H5 IV.i.38 [Pistol to disguised King Henry] art thou officer, / Or art thou base, common, and popular?
H5 V.i.18 [Pistol to Fluellen] Dost thou thirst, base Troyan [or: sense 1]
1H6 I.i.137 [] A base Walloon, to win the Dauphin's grace, / Thrust Talbot with a spear into the back [or: sense 1]
1H6 I.ii.80 [Pucelle to Charles, of the Virgin Mary] Willed me to leave my base vocation / And free my country from calamity
1H6 I.iv.31 [Talbot to all, of being ransomed for Lord Ponton] with a baser man-of-arms by far / Once, in contempt, they would have bartered me
1H6 III.ii.68 [Talbot to French lords] Base muleteers of France!
1H6 IV.vi.22 [Talbot to John, of the Bastard] Contaminated, base, / And misbegotten blood I spill of thine
1H6 V.iv.7 [Pucelle to Shepherd] Decrepit miser! Base ignoble wretch!
2H6 I.iii.38 [Queen to petitioners] Away, base cullions!
2H6 I.iii.191 [York to Horner] Base dunghill villain and mechanical
2H6 IV.i.67 [Suffolk to Lieutenant] Base slave, thy words are blunt and so art thou
2H6 IV.i.106 [Suffolk to all] Small things make base men proud
2H6 IV.ii.142 [Stafford to Smith] will you credit this base drudge's words
H8 III.i.36 [Queen Katherine to Wolsey, of her actions] Envy and base opinion set against 'em
JC I.i.61 [Flavius to Marullus, of the Commoners] See where their basest mettle be not moved
JC III.i.43 [Caesar to Metellus] sweet words, / Low-crooked curtsies and base spaniel fawning or: sense 1]
JC III.ii.29 [Brutus to all] Who is here so base that would be a bondman?
KL I.ii.6 [Edmund alone] Why bastard? Wherefore base?
KL I.ii.20 [Edmund alone] Edmund the base / Shall top the legitimate
KL I.iv.85 [Kent to Oswald] you base football-player [or: sense 1]
KL II.ii.13 [Kent to and of Oswald] a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy-worsted-stocking knave [or: sense 1]
KL II.ii.141 [Gloucester to Conwall, of the treatment of disguised Kent] Your purposed low correction / Is such as basest and contemned'st wretches ... / Are punished with
LLL I.i.30 [Dumaine to King, of himself] The grosser manner of these world's delights / He throws upon the gross world's baser slaves
LLL.I.i.241 [King reading Armado's letter to him, of Costard] that low-spirited swain, that base minnow of thy mirth
LLL I.ii.48 [Mote to Armado, of the meaning of ‘deuce-ace’] Which the base vulgar do call three
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 [second instance]
Luc 671 [Tarquin to Lucrece] I mean to bear thee / Unto the base bed of some rascal groom
MW I.iii.72 [Nym to Falstaff, of delivering a letter] I will run no base humour
Oth II.i.209 [Iago to Rodedigo] they say base men being in love have then a nobility in their natures more than is native to them
R2 II.iii.138 [Willoughby to York, of Bolingbroke] Base men by his endowments are made great
R3 V.iii.318 [King Richard to all, of Richmond's army] A scum of Britains and base lackey peasants [or: sense 3]
Tim III.v.94 [Alcibiades to Senators] I cannot think but your age has forgot me; / It could not else be I should prove so base / To sue and be denied such common grace
Tim IV.iii.30 [Timon alone, of the gold he has found] Thus much of this will make / Black white, foul fair, wrong right, / Base noble, old young, coward valiant
Tit IV.i.108 [Young Lucius to Titus, of Chiron and Demetrius] For these base bondmen to the yoke of Rome [or: sense 1]
TNK II.iii.2 [Daughter to herself, of Palamon] I am base, / My father the mean keeper of his prison