Glossary

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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
want (n.) 1lack, shortage, dearth
want (n.) 2absence, non-appearance, non-attendance
want (n.) 3need, requirement, necessity
want (v.) 1lack, need, be without
want (v.) 2miss, feel the loss of
want (v.) 3fall short [of], be deficient [in]
want (v.) 4require, demand, need
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AC II.ii.73 [Antony to Caesar, of Fulvia] her impatience--which not wanted / Shrewdness of policy too
AC II.vi.11 [Pompey to all] I do not know / Wherefore my father should revengers want, / Having a son and friends
AC IV.xiv.53 [Antony alone] Dido and her Aeneas shall want troops
AC V.ii.97 [Cleopatra to Dolabella] Nature wants stuff / To vie strange forms with fancy
AW I.i.71 [Lafew to Countess, of Bertram at court] He cannot want the best / That shall attend his love [unclear meaning: ?he will not lack the best experience there if he shows a loving behaviour]
AW II.iv.4 [Clown to Helena, of her mother] she's very well and wants nothing i'th'world
AYL III.ii.23 [Corin to Touchstone] he that wants money, means, and content is without three good friends
AYL III.iii.58 [Touchstone to Audrey and Jaques] by how much defence is better than no skill, by so much is a horn more precious than to want
CE I.i.8 [Duke to Egeon, of merchants] wanting guilders to redeem their lives
CE II.ii.57 [Dromio of Syracuse to Antipholus of Syracuse] I think the meat wants that I have
CE II.ii.160 [Antipholus of Syracuse to Luciana] every word by all my wit being scanned, / Wants wit in all one word to understand
Cym.III.v.115 [Cloten to Pisanio] thou shouldst neither want my means for thy relief, nor my voice for thy preferment
Cym V.iv.187 [Posthumus to First Gaoler] there are none want eyes to direct them the way I am going, but such as wink, and will not use them
E3 I.ii.3 [Countess alone, as if to Montague] I fear thou want'st / The lively spirit sharply to solicit / With vehement suit the king in my behalf
E3 III.iii.204 [King Edward to Prince Edward] Now wants there nought but knighthood, which deferred / We leave till thou hast won it in the field
Ham I.ii.151 [Hamlet alone] a beast that wants discourse of reason / Would have mourned longer
Ham III.ii.49 [Hamlet to Players, quoting a gentleman] My coat wants a cullison
Ham III.iv.131 [Hamlet to Ghost] what I have to do / Will want true colour
Ham IV.v.91 [Claudius to Gertrude, of Ophelia] Her brother ... wants not buzzers to infect his ear
1H4 I.ii.154 [Falstaff to Prince Hal] the poor abuses of the time want countenance
1H4 I.ii.199 [Prince Hal alone, of himself as the sun] Being wanted, he may be more wondered at
1H4 I.iii.130 [Hotspur to Northumberland and Worcester, of Mortimer] let my soul / Want mercy if I do not join with him [i.e. I'll be damned if I don't join with him]
1H4 V.i.80 [King Henry to Worcester] never yet did insurrection want / Such water-colours to impaint his cause
2H4 IV.iv.8 [King Henry IV to all] we want a little personal strength
2H4 V.iii.28 [Davy to guests] What you want in meat, we'll have in drink
2H4 V.iii.55 [Shallow to Bardolph] If thou wantest anything and wilt not call, beshrew thy heart
H5 III.vii.70 [Constable to Dauphin, of losing some of the stars on his armour] my sky shall not want
1H6 I.i.75 [First Messenger to all, of the generals] One would have lingering wars with little cost; / Another would fly swift, but wanteth wings
1H6 I.i.82 [Exeter to all, of the news from France] Were our tears wanting to this funeral, / These tidings would call forth her flowing tides
1H6 I.i.116 [Third Messenger to all, of Talbot] He wanted pikes to set before his archers
1H6 I.i.143 [Bedford to all, of Talbot] such a worthy leader, wanting aid, / Unto his dastard foemen is betrayed
1H6 I.ii.9 [Alen??on to all, of the English] They want their porridge and their fat bull-beeves
1H6 I.iv.86 [Talbot to himself] Heaven, be thou gracious to none alive / If Salisbury wants mercy at thy hands!
1H6 V.iv.46 [Pucelle to the English] Because you want the grace that others have, / You judge it straight a thing impossible / To compass wonders but by help of devils
2H6 III.i.168 [Gloucester to all] I shall not want false witness to condemn me
2H6 III.ii.126 [Warwick to King] The commons, like an angry hive of bees / That want their leader
2H6 V.i.171 [King to Salisbury] Why art thou old and wantest experience?
2H6 V.ii.22 [Clifford to York] Nor should thy prowess want praise and esteem, / But that 'tis shown ignobly and in treason
3H6 II.vi.102 [Edward to Warwick] never will I undertake the thing / Wherein thy counsel and consent is wanting
3H6 IV.i.121 [George to Edward] though I want a kingdom, yet in marriage / I may not prove inferior to yourself
3H6 IV.vi.57 [Warwick to George, of the succession] therein Clarence shall not want his part
H8 I.i.107 [Norfolk to Buckingham, of Wolsey] What his high hatred would effect wants not / A minister in his power
H8 III.ii.308 [Wolsey to all] If I blush, / It is to see a nobleman want manners
JC I.iii.58 [Cassius to Casca] those sparks of life / That should be in a Roman you do want, / Or else you use not
KJ III.iv.13 [Lewis the Dauphin to King Philip, of the English advance] Such temperate order in so fierce a cause, / Doth want example
KJ IV.iii.127 [Bastard to Hubert] if thou wantest a cord, the smallest thread ... / Will serve to strangle thee
KL I.i.225 [Cordelia to Lear] I want that glib and oily art / To speak and purpose not
KL III.vi.23 [Edgar as Poor Tom to an imaginary Gonerill or Regan] Want'st thou eyes at trial, madam?
KL IV.iv.20 [Cordelia to all, of Lear] seek for him, / Lest his ungoverned rage dissolve the life / That wants the means to lead it
LLL IV.ii.77 [Holofernes to Nathaniel, of the people] If their sons be ingenious, they shall want no instruction [F ingennous]
LLL IV.iii.235 [Berowne to King, of his lady] Where nothing wants that want itself doth seek
Luc 42 [] meaner men should vaunt / That golden hap which their superiors want
Luc 98 [of Tarquin] poorly rich so wanteth in his store / That cloyed with much he pineth still for more
Luc 557 [of Lucrece and Tarquin] Her sad behaviour feeds his vulture folly, / A swallowing gulf that even in plenty wanteth
Luc 1455 [of Hecuba] Her blue blood changed to black in every vein, / Wanting the spring that those shrunk pipes had fed
Mac III.vi.8 [Lennox to Lord] Who cannot want the thought how monstrous / It was for Malcolm and for Donalbain / To kill their gracious father?
Mac IV.ii.9 [Lady Macduff to Ross, of her husband] He wants the natural touch
MND I.i.55 [Theseus to Hermia, of Lysander and Demetrius] wanting your father's voice, / The other must be held the worthier
MND II.i.101 [Titania to Oberon] The human mortals want their winter cheer
MV V.i.205 [Portia to Bassanio] What man is there so much unreasonable ... wanted the modesty / To urge the thing held as a ceremony?
MW II.ii.247 [Ford as Brook to Falstaff] Want no money, Sir John; you shall want none.
MW IV.iv.37 [Ford to all] there want not many that do fear / In deep of night to walk by this Herne's Oak
MW V.v.135 [Falstaff to all, of what Evans has said] Have I laid my brain in the sun and dried it, that it wants matter to prevent so gross o'erreaching as this?
Per I.iv.11 [Cleon to Dionyza] Who wanteth food and will not say he wants it [first instance]
Per I.iv.16 [Cleon to Dionyza] if heaven slumber while their creatures want
Per I.iv.19 [Cleon to Dionyza] wanting breath to speak, help me with tears
R2 II.iii.10 [Northumberland to Bolingbroke] what a weary way / From Ravenspurgh to Cotswold will be found / In Ross and Willoughby, wanting your company
R2 III.iii.178 [King Richard to all] Down, down I come like glistering Phaethon, / Wanting the manage of unruly jades
R2 III.iii.203 [King Richard to York] Tears show their love, but want their remedies
R2 III.iv.13 [Queen Isabel to Ladies] joy, being altogether wanting
R2 III.iv.17 [Queen Isabel to Ladies] For what I have I need not to repeat, / And what I want it boots not to complain
R3 I.i.16 [Richard alone] I, that am rudely stamped, and want love's majesty
R3 II.ii.42 [Queen Elizabeth to Duchess of York] Why wither not the leaves that want their sap?
R3 III.vii.124 [Buckingham to Richard] This noble isle doth want her proper limbs
R3 V.iii.13 [King Richard to Norfolk] the King's name is a tower of strength, / Which they upon the adverse faction want
RJ II.ii.77 [Romeo to Juliet] My life were better ended by their hate / Than death prorogued, wanting of thy love
RJ II.ii.155 [Romeo alone, of Juliet's absence] A thousand times the worse, to want thy light!
RJ V.iii.15 [Paris to himself, of Juliet's tomb] Which with sweet water nightly I will dew; / Or, wanting that, with tears distilled by moans
Sonn 38.1 [] How can my Muse want subject to invent
Sonn 69.2 [] Those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view / Want nothing that the thought of hearts can mend
TC III.ii.174 [Troilus to Cressida] their rhymes, / Full of protest, of oath, and big compare, / Want similes
TC III.iii.25 [Calchas to Agamemnon, of the Trojans and Antenor] their negotiations all must slack, / Wanting his manage
Tem III.iii.26 [Antonio to all, of their vision] what does else want credit, come to me / And I'll be sworn 'tis true
Tem III.iii.39 [Alonso to all, of the spirits] Although they want the use of tongue, a kind / Of excellent dumb discourse
Tem IV.i.57 [Prospero to Ariel] Bring a corollary, / Rather than want a spirit [i.e. bring too many rather than too few]
Tem epilogue.14 [Prospero to audience] Now I want / Spirits to enforce, art to enchant
TG I.ii.95 [Lucetta to Julia] There wanteth but a mean to fill your song
TG.II.iv.110 [Silvia to Proteus] duty never yet did want his meed
TG II.vi.12 [Proteus alone] he wants wit that wants resolved will / To learn his wit t'exchange the bad for better
TG III.i.147 [Duke reading Valentine's letter] Because myself do want my servants' fortune
Tim II.i.5 [Senator alone] If I want gold, steal but a beggar's dog / And give it Timon, why, the dog coins gold
Tim II.ii.210 [Flavius to Timon] That now they are at fall, want treasure
Tim III.ii.8 [Lucius to First Stranger, of Timon] He cannot want for money
Tim III.ii.39 [Lucius to Servilius] He cannot want fifty five hundred talents
Tit II.i.26 [Demetrius to Chiron] thy years want wit, thy wit wants edge
Tit III.ii.5 [Titus to Marcus] Thy niece and I, poor creatures, want our hands
Tit V.ii.18 [Titus to disguised Tamora] How can I grace my talk, / Wanting a hand to give it action?
TNK I.i.222 [Pirithous to Theseus] the feast's solemnity / Shall want till your return
TNK I.i.108 [Third Queen to Emilia] sorrow wanting form / Is pressed with deeper matter
TNK III.iii.52 [Arcite to Palamon] Get off your trinkets; you shall want naught
TNK III.vi.209 [Pirithous to Theseus] by your most noble soul, / Which cannot want due mercy, I beg first
TNK III.vi.216 [Theseus to Emilia] you have pity, / But want the understanding where to use it
TS Induction.1.102 [Lord to Servants, of the Players] Let them want nothing that my house affords
TS III.ii.5 [Baptista to Tranio as Lucentio] What mockery will it be / To want the bridegroom when the priest attends
TS III.ii.245 [Baptista to all] though bride and bridegroom wants / For to supply the places at the table, / You know there wants no junkets at the feast
WT IV.ii.13 [Polixenes to Camillo] Better not to have had thee than thus to want thee
WT IV.iv.591 [Camillo to Florizel] That you may know you shall not want, one word
Tim IV.iii.417 [Bandits to Timon] We are not thieves, but men that much do want.
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