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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AW IV.i.68 [Parolles to Soldiers] I shall lose my life for want of language
CE II.ii.188 [Adriana to Antipholus of Syracuse] ivy, brier, or idle moss, ... for want of pruning
Cor III.ii.69 [Volumnia to Coriolanus] show our general louts / How you can frown, than spend a fawn upon 'em / For ... safeguard / Of what that want might ruin [i.e. for lack of fawning]
Cym IV.iv.26 [Belarius to Guiderius and Arviragus] your loves / Who find in my exile the want of breeding
Cym V.iv.162 [Firdst Gaoler to Posthumus, of going to a tavern] you come in faint for want of meat
1H4 III.i.178 [Worcester to Hotspur, of a temperament like Hotspur's] oftentimes it doth present ... want of government
1H6 I.i.69 [First Messenger to Exeter, of how the towns were lost] No treachery, but want of men and money
2H6 III.ii.348 [Queen to Suffolk] As one that surfeits thinking on a want [i.e. of food]
3H6 I.iv.133 [York to Queen, of government] The want thereof makes thee abominable
3H6 V.ii.8 [Warwick alone] my want of strength ... shows, / That I must yield my body to the earth
KJ II.i.435 [Hubert to King John and King Philip, of Blanche] And she again wants nothing, to name want, / If want it be not that she is not he [second and third instances]
KL I.i.230 [Cordelia to Lear, of what she lacks] for want of that for which I am richer
KL I.i.279 [Gonerill to Cordelia] You ... well are worth the want that you have wanted [i.e. well deserve the loss of affection] [first instance]
KL I.iv.340 [Gonerill to Albany] You are much more a-taxed for want of wisdom / Than praised for harmful mildness
LLL IV.iii.235 [Berowne to King, of Rosaline's face] Where nothing wants that want itself doth seek [second instance]
Luc 153 [] we do neglect / The thing we have, and all for want of wit / Make something nothing by augmenting it
MND I.i.130 [Hermia to Lysander] for want of rain
PassP XX.35 [of a nightingale] if store of crowns be scant, / No man will supply thy want
R2 III.iv.16 [Queen Isabel to First Lady, of the telling of tales] It adds more sorrow to my want of joy
Sonn 151.13 [] No want of conscience hold it that I call / Her love
Tem II.i.148 [Sebastian aside to Antonio, of what Gonzalo would do] 'Scape being drunk for want of wine
TN I.v.59 [Olivia to Feste] for want of other idleness, I'll bide your proof
Ven 202 [] What 'tis to love, how want of love tormenteth?