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
wench (n.)  girl, lass
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AC I.ii.38 [Charmian to Soothsayer] how many boys and wenches must I have?
AC II.ii.231 [Agrippa to Maecenas and Enobarbus, of Cleopatra] Royal wench!
AW IV.iii.106 [Second Lord to Bertram, of Parolles] he weeps like a wench that had shed her milk
AYL [character list] Audrey, a country wench
CE III.i.34 [Dromio of Syracuse to Dromio of Ephesus] Dost thou conjure for wenches
CE III.i.109 [Antipholus of Ephesus to Balthasar] I know a wench of excellent discourse
CE III.ii.99 [Dromio of Syracuse to Antipholus of Syracuse, of the kitchen-maid] she's the kitchen wench, and all grease
CE IV.iii.53 [Dromio of Syracuse to Antipholus of Syracuse, of the Courtesan] here she comes in the habit of a light wench [and in following lines]
1H4 I.ii.10 [Prince Hal to Falstaff] Unless hours were cups of sack ... and the blessed sun himself a fair hot wench in flame-coloured taffeta
1H4 I.ii.40 [Falstaff to Prince Hal] is not my Hostess of the tavern a most sweet wench?
2H4 II.i.148 [Falstaff to Hostess] an 'twere not for thy humours, there's not a better wench in England
2H4 II.ii.133 [Poins to Prince Henry, of Poins' sister] God send the wench no worse fortune!
2H4 II.iv.370 [Falstaff to Hostess and Doll] You see, my good wenches, how men of merit are sought after
2H4 IV.iii.93 [Falstaff alone, of boys like King John] when they marry they get wenches
1H6 IV.vii.41 [Pucelle to all, of what Young Talbot said of her] Young Talbot was not born / To be the pillage of a giglot wench
H8 III.i.1 [Queen Katherine to Gentlewoman] Take thy lute, wench
H8 III.i.148 [Queen Katherine to her Gentlewomen] Alas, poor wenches, where are now your fortunes?
H8 III.ii.295 [Surrey to Wolsey] I'll startle you / Worse than the sacring bell, when the brown wench / Lay kissing in your arms
H8 IV.ii.81 [Griffith to Patience] Good wench, let's sit down quiet
H8 IV.ii.167 [Katherine to Patience] When I am dead, good wench, / Let me be used with honour
JC I.ii.269 [Casca to Brutus and Cassius] Three or four wenches, where I stood, cried, ‘Alas, good soul!’
KL III.ii.84 [Fool alone] No heretics burned but wenches' suitors
LLL I.i.253 [Costard to King, admitting to whom he was with] With a wench
Luc 1273 [Lucrece to her maid] If thou dost weep for grief of my sustaining, / Know, gentle wench, it small avails my mood
MM II.ii.124 [Lucio aside to Isabella, of Angelo] to him, to him, wench
MM IV.iii.166 [Lucio to disguised Duke, of the Duke] I was once before him for getting a wench with child
MV II.ii.154 [Launcelot to Gobbo] if Fortune be a woman, she's a good wench for this gear
Oth III.iii.310 [Iago to and of Emilia] A good wench!
Oth V.ii.270 [Othello to dead Desdemona] O ill-starred wench
Per Chorus.IV.16 [Gower alone] our Cleon hath / One daughter and a full-grown wench
R3 I.i.155 [Richard alone, of Warwick's daughter] The readiest way to make the wench amends / Is to become her husband and her father
RJ II.iv.4 [Mercutio to Benvolio] that same pale hard-hearted wench, that Rosaline [and in the following]
RJ II.v.44 [Nurse to Juliet] Go thy ways, wench
RJ III.iii.143 [Friar Laurence to and of Romeo] like a mishaved and sullen wench
TC IV.ii.89 [Pandarus to Cressida] Thou must be gone, wench
TC V.ii.71 [Cressida to Diomedes, of herself] O false wench!
Tem I.i.46 [Gonzalo to all, of the Boatswain] I'll warrant him for drowning, though the ship were no stronger than a nutshell and as leaky as an unstanched wench
Tem I.ii.139 [Prospero to Miranda, of her question] Well demanded, wench
Tem I.ii.480 [Prospero to Miranda] Foolish wench!
Tem II.i.46 [Antonio to Sebastian] Temperance was a delicate wench
TG II.i.22 [Speed to Valentine] to weep, like a young wench that had buried her grandam
TG II.vii.59 [Julia to Lucetta, of disguising herself as a man] But tell me, wench, how will the world repute me / For undertaking so unstaid a journey?
TG III.i.301 [Launce to Speed] What need a man care for a stock with a wench, when she can knit him a stock?
Tit III.i.281 [Titus to Lavinia] Bear thou my hand, sweet wench, between thy teeth
TN I.iii.39 [Sir Toby to Maria] What, wench!
TN II.iii.171 [Sir Andrew to Sir Toby, of Maria] Before me, she's a good wench
TN II.v.108 [Sir Toby to Fabian and Sir Andrew, of Maria] Excellent wench, say I!
TN II.v.175 [Sir Toby to Fabian and Sir Andrew, of Maria] I could marry this wench for this device
TNK II.i.178 [Emilia to Woman] That's a good wench [and in the following]
TNK II.ii.35 [Third Countryman to First Countryman, of the latter's wife] you shall see her / Take a new lesson out, and be a good wench
TNK II.ii.39 [Second Countryman to others] ye know what wenches, ha!
TNK II.iii.6 [Gaoler's Daughter alone] What pushes are we wenches driven to / When fifteen once has found us! [and in the following]
TNK III.iii.28 [Palamon to Arcite] Here, Arcite, to the wenches / We have known in our days!
TNK III.v.1 [stage direction] Enter a Schoolmaster, six Countrymen, one dressed as a bavian, and five wenches
TNK III.v.158 [Schoolmaster to the women] Ye have danced rarely, wenches
TNK IV.i.117 [Gaoler to Gaoler's Daughter, of Palamon] Yes, wench, we know him
TNK IV.ii.148 [Hippolyta to Emilia, of Palamon and Arcite] Weep not till they weep blood, wench
TNK V.ii.71 [Doctor to Gaoler's Daughter] a day's journey, wench
TNK Epilogue.6 [Epilogue to audience] He that has / Loved a young handsome wench, then, show his face
TS I.i.69 [Tranio to Lucentio, of Katherina] That wench is stark mad or wonderful froward
TS II.i.160 [Petruchio to all, of Katherina] Now, by the world, it is a lusty wench
TS II.i.242 [Petruchio to Katherina] Thou canst not frown, thou canst not look askance, / Nor bite the lip, as angry wenches will
TS III.ii.165 [Tranio as Lucentio to Gremio, of Katherina and the priest] What said the wench when he rose up again?
TS III.ii.237 [Petruchio to Katherina, of the others] Fear not, sweet wench, they shall not touch thee
TS IV.iv.95 [Biondello to Lucentio] I knew a wench married in an afternoon
TS V.ii.179 [Petruchio to Katherina] Why, there's a wench!
WT III.iii.61 [Shepherd alone] getting wenches with child
WT IV.iv.310 [Clown to Dorcas and Mopsa] Wenches, I'll buy for you both
WT IV.iv.326 [Servant to Shepherd, of the Saltiers] they have a dance which the wenches say is a gallimaufry of gambols
WT IV.iv.602 [Autolycus alone] My clown ... grew so in love with the wenches' song
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