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
become (v.) 1be fitting, befit, be appropriate to
become (v.) 2grace, honour, dignify
become (v.) 3put a good front on, give a pleasing appearance to
become (v.) 4bear, handle, present
become (v.) 5come to (be), to be found, reach
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AC I.i.49 [Antony to and of Cleopatra] Whom everything becomes - to chide, to laugh, / To weep
AC II.ii.2 [Lepidus to Enobarbus] 'tis a worthy deed, / And shall become you well, to entreat your captain / To soft and gentle speech
AC II.iv.5 [Lepidus to Maecenas and Agrippa] your soldier's dress, / Which will become you both
AYL III.ii.236 [Rosalind as Ganymede to Celia as Aliena, of Orlando lying on the ground] Though it be pity to see such a sight, it well becomes the ground
AYL III.v.114 [Phebe to Silvius, of Rosalind as Ganymede] his pride becomes him
Cor I.iii.41 [Volumnia to Virgilia, of blood] It more becomes a man / Than gilt his trophy
Cor III.i.59 [Cominius to all] This paltering / Becomes not Rome, nor has Coriolanus / Deserved this so dishonoured rub [or: sense 1]
Cor III.i.159 [Coriolanus to Brutus and Sicinius] Your dishonour / Mangles true judgement, and bereaves the state / Of that integrity which should become't
Cym IV.iv.15 [Guiderius to Belarius] a doubt / In such a time nothing becoming you, / Nor satisfying us
Cym V.v.407 [Cymbeline to all, of the unknown soldier] He would have well becomed this place, and graced / The thankings of a king
E3 II.i.281 [King Edward to Warwick] Like as the wind doth beautify a sail, / And as a sail becomes the unseen wind
E3 II.i.396 [Warwick to Countess] The lion doth become his bloody jaws, / And grace his foragement by being mild / When vassal fear lies trembling at his feet
E3 IV.vi.60 [Audley to Esquire, of Prince Edward] in the crimson bravery of my blood / I may become him with saluting him
Ham IV.v.173 [Ophelia to Laertes] O, how the wheel becomes it!
1H4 II.iv.482 [Falstaff to Prince Hal] If I become not a cart as well as another man, a plague on my bringing up
2H4 II.i.190 [Falstaff to Gower, of the former's manners] if they become me not, he was a fool that taught them me
2H4 V.ii.50 [King Henry V to his brothers] be sad ... / For, by my faith, it very well becomes you
H5 I.ii.8 [Canterbury to King Henry] God and His angels guard your sacred throne, / And make you long become it!
H5 III.i.4 [King Henry to all] there's nothing so becomes a man / As modest stillness and humility
H5 III.iii.6 [King Henry to all] I am a soldier, / A name that in my thoughts becomes me best
H5 IV.ii.38 [Grandpr?š to all, of the English] Yon island carrions, desperate of their bones, / Ill-favouredly become the morning field
H5 V.ii.58 [Burgundy to all] [we] Have lost ... / The sciences that should become our country
2H6 V.i.96 [York to King] That head of thine doth not become a crown
H8 V.iii.133 [King Henry to Cranmer, of any councillor] he had better starve / Than but once think this place becomes thee not
KJ II.i.141 [Blanche to and of Austria] well did he become that lion's robe / That did disrobe the lion of that robe!
KJ III.i.50 [Constance to Arthur, if he were ugly] nor thou / Become thy great birth, nor deserve a crown
KJ V.i.55 [Bastard to King John] Away, and glister like the god of war / When he intendeth to become the field
KL II.iv.148 [Lear to Regan, of his kneeling] Do you but mark how this becomes the house
KL IV.iii.24 [Gentleman to disguised Kent, of Cordelia] Sorrow would be a rarity most beloved / If all could so become it
LC 111 [of the man] Whether the horse by him became his deed, / Or he his manage, by th'well doing steed
LLL II.i.46 [Maria to Princess, of Longaville] Nothing becomes him ill that he would well
Mac I.ii.44 [Duncan to Captain] So well thy words become thee as thy wounds
Mac I.iv.9 [Malcolm to Duncan, of Cawdor] Nothing in his life / Became him like the leaving it
MM II.ii.62 [Isabella to Angelo] No ceremony that to great ones longs, / Not the king's crown, nor the deputed sword ... / Become them with one half so good a grace / As mercy does
MM III.ii.245 [disguised Duke to Escalus, of Angelo] If his own life answer the straitness of his proceeding, it shall become him well
MV II.viii.45 [Salerio to Solanio, reporting Antonio's words to Bassanio] employ your chiefest thoughts / To courtship and such fair ostents of love / As shall conveniently become you
MV IV.i.186 [Portia as Balthasar to Shylock, of mercy] it becomes / The throned monarch better than his crown
R3 III.vii.168 [Richard to all] The royal tree hath left us royal fruit, / Which, mellowed by the stealing hours of time, / Will well become the seat of majesty
Sonn 132.6 []">not the morning sun of heaven / Better becomes the grey cheeks of th'East ... / As those two mourning eyes become thy face
Tem III.ii.105 [Caliban to Stephano, of Miranda] She will become thy bed
Tim V.i.193 [First Senator to Timon] These words become your lips as they pass through them
TN I.iii.96 [Sir Andrew to Sir Toby, of his hair] it becomes me well enough, does't not?
TN II.v.169 [Malvolio, reading the letter supposedly from Olivia] thy smiles become thee well
TNK IV.ii.31 [Emilia alone, of Palamon's deficiencies] Yet these that we count errors may become him
TNK V.iii.50 [Emilia alone, of Palamon] Melancholy / Becomes him nobly
TS II.i.252 [Petruchio to Katherina] Did ever Dian so become a grove / As Kate this chamber with her princely gait?
TS IV.v.32 [Petruchio to Katherina, of Vincentio imagined as a woman] What stars do spangle heaven with such beauty / As those two eyes become that heavenly face?
TS V.ii.120 [Petruchio to Katherina] that cap of yours becomes you not
WT I.ii.282 [Camillo to Leontes, of the latter's suspicions] You never spoke what did become you less / Than this
WT IV.iv.393 [disguised Polixenes to Florizel] Methinks a father / Is at the nuptial of his son a guest / That best becomes the table
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