Glossary

Select headwordChoose sense from the list below
wafer-cake
waft
waftage
wafture
wag
wage
waggish
waggon
waggoner
wagtail
wail
wailful
wain-rope
wainscot
waist
wait
waiting-gentlewoman
wake
waked
waking
walk
wall
wallet
wall-eyed
wall-newt
wan
wand
wandering
waned
wanion, with a
wanny
want
wanting
wanton
wanton a
wantonly
wantonness
want-wit
wappened
war
ward
warden
warder
ware
warm
warn
warp
warped
war-proof
warrant
warranted
warrantise, warrantize
warranty
warren
warrener
wash
washing
waspish-headed
wassail
waste
wasted
wasteful
wasting
watch
watch-case
watcher
watchful
watching
water
water-gall
waterish
water-rug
water-standing
waterwork
watery
wave
wavering
wawl
wax
waxen
waxing
way
ways
wayward
waywarder
waywardness
weak
weak-built
weaken
weal
wealsman
wealth
wean
wear
wearing
weary
weasand, wezand
weather
weather-fend
weaved-up
web and the pin
wedding-dower
wedge
wee away
weed
weedy
week, in by the
ween
weepingly
weeping-ripe
weet
weigh
weighing
weight
weighty
welfare
welked
welkin
well
well met
well said
well to live
well-a-day
well-advised
well-a-near
well-apparelled
well-appointed
well-beseeming
well-breathed
well-compact
well-dealing
well-disposed
well-divided
well-entered
well-favoured
well-forwarning
well-found
well-graced
well-hallowed
well-knit
well-known
well-liking
well-lost
well-minded
well-respected
well-seeming
well-sinewed
well-spoken
well-warranted
well-weighing
well-willer
well-wished
wen
wench
wenching
wenchless
wench-like
wend
weraday
wert
westward
wet
wether
wharf
what
what though
wheak
wheel
wheeling
whe'er
Wheeson
whelk
whelm
whelp
when
whenas
whence
whencesoever
whensoever
where
whereabout
where-through
whet
whether
whetstone
whey-face
whiffler
while
while-ere
whiles
whilst, the
whinyard
whip
whipping-cheer
whipster
whipstock
whir
whirligig
whisper
whist
whistle
whistling
whit
white
whitebeard
white-haired
white-livered
whitely
whither
whiting-time
whitly
whitster
whittle
who
whole
wholesome
wholesome-profitable
whoo-bub
whoop
whooping
whore
whoremaster
whore-masterly
whoremonger
whoreson
wide
wide-chopped
wide-enlarged
wide-skirted
wide-stretched
widow-dolour
widowhood
wield
wife
wight
wild
wilderness
wildfire
wildly
wildness
wile
wilful
wilful-blame
wilful-negligent
wilful-opposite
will
willed
willing
willow
wilt
wimpled
win
winch
Winchester goose
wind
wind a
wind-changing
windgall
winding-sheet
windlass
window
windowed
windows' tops
windring
wind-swift
windy
wing
wing a
winged
wing-led
wink
winking
winter
wintered
winter-ground
winterly
wipe
wisdom
wise
wise woman
wish
wished
wishful
wishtly
wist
wistly
wit
wit a
witch
witching
with
withal
withdraw
wither out
withers
withhold
within
without
without-door
witless
witness
witness a
witnessed
wit-old
wit-snapper
wittily
wittingly
wittol
wittolly
witty
wiving
woe
woeful
wold
wolvish
wolvish-ravening
woman
womanhood
womanly
woman-post
woman-queller
woman-tired
womb
womby
wonder
wondered
wonderful
wondering
wonderingly
wonder-wounded
wondrous
wont
wonted
woo
wood
woodbine
woodcock
wooden
woodman
woof
wooingly
woollen
woolward
woosel
word
work
working
working-day
working-house
workman
workmanly
workyday
world
worldling
worldly
worm
wormwood
worn
worn-out
worried
worse
worship
worshipfully
worst
worsted
wort
worth
worthily
worthless
worthy
wot
would
wound
wounded
woundless
wrack
wrackful
wrack-threatening
wrangle
wrangler
wrangling
wrap
wrastle
wreak
wreakful
wreathe
wrench
wrest
wrested
wretchedness
wring
wringing
wrinkle
wrinkled
writ
write
writhled
written
wroath
wrong
wrong-incensed
wroth
wrought
wry
wry-necked
wait (v.)  be in attendance, do service
wait on / upon (v.) 1accompany, attend
wait on / upon (v.) 2follow in escort, attend
wait on / upon (v.) 3go on before, proceed ahead of
wait on / upon (v.) 4attend to, pay attention to, not ignore
wait on / upon (v.) 5depend on, be subject to
wait on / upon (v.) 6follow, obey, pay attention to
Choosing a line reference will open up a new page, taking you to that point in the text. This Glossary page will remain open.
Ham II.ii.265 [Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to Hamlet] We'll wait upon you [then taken by Hamlet to mean 'serve']
H5 II.ii.110 [King Henry to Scroop] thou, 'gainst all proportion, didst bring in / Wonder to wait on treason and on murder
3H6 II.v.54 [King alone, of the shepherd's life] Is far beyond a prince's delicates ... / When care, mistrust, and treason waits on him
3H6 III.iii.42 [Queen to Lewis] impatience waiteth on true sorrow
Luc 275 [Tarquin to himself] Respect and reason wait on wrinkled age!
Mac I.v.48 [Lady Macbeth alone] you murdering ministers, / Wherever, in your sightless substances, / You wait on nature's mischief
Mac I.vii.44 [Lady Macbeth to Macbeth] Wouldst thou ... live a coward in thine own esteem, / Letting 'I dare not' wait upon 'I would'
Mac III.iv.37 [Macbeth to all] Now good digestion wait on appetite, / And health on both!
MM I.i.83 [Escalus to Angelo] I'll wait upon your honour
MW I.i.244 [Shallow to Anne, of Page] I will wait on him
MW I.i.252 [Slender to Simple] go wait upon my cousin Shallow
R3 I.i.43 [Richard to Clarence] What means this armed guard / That waits upon your grace?
Tem I.ii.389 [Ferdinand to himself, of the music] it waits upon / Some god o'th' island
Tim II.ii.40 [Timon to Lords] I'll wait upon you instantly
Ven 690 [Venus to Adonis] Danger deviseth shifts; wit waits on fear