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
wit (n.) 1intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
wit (n.) 2mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuity
wit (n.) 3reasoning, thinking, deliberation
wit (n.) 4cunning plan, ingenious design
wit (n.) 5mind, brain, thoughts
wit (n.) 6lively person, sharp-minded individual
wit (v.)  know, be aware, realize
wit, to  [legal] that is to say
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AW I.ii.32 [King to Bertram, of Bertram's father] In his youth / He had the wit which I can well observe / Today in our young lords
AYL III.ii.66 [Corin to Touchstone] You have too courtly a wit for me
AYL III.ii.268 [Jaques to Orlando] You have a nimble wit
AYL IV.i.151 [Rosalind as Ganymede to Orlando] Make the doors upon a woman's wit, and it will out at the casement
AYL.IV.i.154 [Orlando to Rosalind as Ganymede, of a wife with a good wit] A man that had a wife with such a wit, he might say ‘Wit, whither wilt?’ [also: sense 6]
AYL V.i.28 [William to Touchstone] I have a pretty wit
AYL V.iv.104 [Jaques to Duke Senior, of Touchstone] He uses his folly like a stalking-horse, and under the presentation of that he shoots his wit
CE II.i.91 [Adriana to Luciana] Are my discourses dull? barren my wit?
E3 II.i.27 [King Edward alone, of the Countess] She is grown more fairer far since I came hither, / Her voice more silver every word than other, / Her wit more fluent
E3 II.i.78 [King Edward to Lodowick, of poetry being more effective than music] How much more shall the strains of poets' wit / Beguile and ravish soft and human minds!
Ham V.i.45 [First Clown to Second Clown] I like thy wit well
2H4 I.ii.10 [Falstaff alone] I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men
2H4 I.ii.173 [Falstaff to Lord Chief Justice] pregnancy is made a tapster, and his quick wit wasted in giving reckonings
2H4 I.ii.185 [Lord Chief Justice to Falstaff] Is not your voice broken, your wind short, your chin double, your wit single, and every part about you blasted with antiquity?
2H4 I.ii.249 [Galstaff alone] A good wit will make use of anything; I will turn diseases to commodity
2H4 IV.iii.100 [Falstaff alone, of one of the effects of drinking sack] delivered o'er to the voice, the tongue, which is the birth, becomes excellent wit
3H6 III.ii.33 [Edward to Richard and George, of Lady Grey] Lords, give us leave; I'll try this widow's wit
JC I.ii.297 [Cassius to Brutus, of Casca] This rudeness is a sauce to his good wit
JC III.ii.222 [Antony to Plebeians] I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth, / Action, nor utterance, nor the power of speech / To stir men's blood [or: sense 1]
LC 217 [] each several stone, / With wit well blazoned, smiled or made some moan
LLL II.i.19 [Princess to Boyet] I am less proud to hear you tell my worth / Than you much willing to be counted wise / In spending your wit in the praise of mine
LLL II.i.49 [Maria to Princess, of Longaville] a sharp wit matched with too blunt a will
LLL II.i.59 [Katharine to Princess, of Dumaine] he hath wit to make an ill shape good, / And shape to win grace though he had no wit
LLL II.i.212 [Princess to all] This civil war of wits were much better used / On Navarre and his book-men
LLL IV.i.143 [Costard alone] O'my troth, most sweet jests, most incony vulgar wit
LLL IV.i.148 [Costard alone, of Armado] And his page o't'other side, that handful of wit!
LLL IV.ii.157 [Holofernes to Nathaniel, of some verses] neither savouring of poetry, wit, nor invention [or: sense 3, 4]
LLL IV.iii.145 [King to all, of Berowne] How will he scorn, how will he spend his wit!
LLL V.i.56 [Armado to all, of Mote] Now, by the salt wave of the Mediterraneum, a sweet touch, a quick venue of wit! [and in the following]
LLL V.ii.29 [Princess to Rosaline and Katharine] Well bandied both! A set of wit well played.
LLL V.ii.315 [Berowne to all, of Boyet] This fellow pecks up wit, as pigeons peas, / And utters it again when God doth please. / He is wit's pedlar
LLL V.ii.374 [Berowne to Rosaline] Your wit makes wise things foolish
LLL V.ii.398 [Berowne to Rosaline] Thrust thy sharp wit quite through my ignorance
LLL V.ii.430 [Berowne to the lords] Speak for yourselves. My wit is at an end
LLL V.ii.835 [Rosaline to Berowne] comparisons and wounding flouts, / Which you on all estates will execute / That lie within the mercy of your wit
MA I.i.58 [Leonato to Messenger, of Beatrice and Benedick] they never meet but there's a skirmish of wit between them
MA II.i.109 [masked Ursula to masked Antonio] do you think I do not know you by your excellent wit?
MA II.i.355 [Don Pedro to Hero, of Benedick] his quick wit and his queasy stomach
MA II.iii.229 [Benedick alone] I may chance have some odd quirks and remnants of wit broken on me
MA III.i.52 [Hero to Ursula, of Beatrice] her wit / Values itself so highly that to her / All matter else seems weak
MA III.i.76 [Hero to Ursula, of Beatrice] she would laugh me / Out of myself, press me to death with wit!
MA III.iv.62 [Margaret to Beatrice] Doth not my wit become me rarely?
MA V.i.123 [Claudio to Benedick, of driving away melancholy] Wilt thou use thy wit? [and in the following]
MA V.ii.11 [Benedick to Margaret] Thy wit is as quick as the greyhound's mouth; it catches
MA V.ii.52 [Benedick to Beatrice] so forcible is thy wit
Mac IV.ii.43 [Lady Macduff to Son] Thou speak'st with all thy wit; / And yet, i' faith, with wit enough for thee
MW IV.v.108 [Falstaff to Mistress Quickly] my admirable dexterity of wit
MW IV.v.91 [Falstaff alone, of courtiers] they would whip me with their fine wits till I were as crestfallen as a dried pear
R3 III.i.132 [Buckingham to Hastings, of York] With what a sharp-provided wit he reasons
RJ II.iv.60 [Mercutio to Romeo] Sure wit, follow me this jest now till thou hast / worn out thy pump
RJ II.iv.78 [Mercutio to Romeo] Thy wit is a very bitter sweeting
RJ IV.v.121 [Second Musician to Peter] Pray you put up your dagger, and put out your wit [and in the following]
Sonn 26.4 []To thee I send this written ambassage / To witness duty, not to show my wit
Sonn 84.11 [] Let him but copy what in you is writ, ... / And such a counterpart shall fame his wit [i.e skill as a writer]
Sonn 140.5 [] If I might teach thee wit, better it were, / Though not to love, yet, love, to tell me so
Tem IV.i.242 [Stephano to Trinculo] Wit shall not go unrewarded while I am king of this country
TG I.i.124 [Proteus to Speed] Beshrew me, but you have a quick wit
TN II.v.198 [Sir Toby to Maria] To the gates of Tartar, thou most excellent devil of wit!
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