The Taming of the Shrew


 
 
 
 
Definitions

Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
This is an alphabetical listing of all the glossary items that appear in this play.
We have left in repeated instances, so that is it possible to see how often a particular item appears in a play.

Alphabetical headword definitions for The Taming of the Shrew

a (prep.) 1 variant form of ‘at’
abandon (v.) banish, exile, keep away
abate (v.) 1 lessen, lower, diminish
abjure (v.) swear to abandon, solemnly reject
abode (n.) 3 dwelling-place, lodging, residence
abroad (adv.) 3 away from home, out of the house
abuse (v.) 2 misuse, maltreat, treat badly, wrong
accomplish (v.) 3 perform, do, carry out
accord (n.) 1 harmony, agreement
accoutrements, accoustrements (n.) clothes, outfit, attire
achieve (v.) 1 gain, obtain, procure
achieve (v.) 1 gain, obtain, procure
achieve (v.) 1 gain, obtain, procure
acquaintance (n.) friends, companions, associates
action (n.) 4 law-suit, legal proceeding, litigation
action (n.) 8 movement, demeanour, gesture
action (n.) 8 movement, demeanour, gesture
admire (v.) 2 revere, marvel at, respect
advice (n.) 1 consideration, reflection, deliberation
advise, avise (v.) 2 warn, counsel, caution
advise, avise (v.) 3 inform, be aware, apprise
afeard (adj.) afraid, frightened, scared
affect (v.) 1 incline to, like, favour, be drawn to
affect (v.) 2 love, like, be fond of
affected (adj.) 1 disposed, inclined, minded
affection (n.) 1 fancy, inclination, desire
affection (n.) 4 love, devotion
affection (n.) 4 love, devotion
afford (v.) 1 have to offer, be capable of supplying
afford (v.) 1 have to offer, be capable of supplying
afford (v.) 3 fulfil naturally, offer routinely
affy (v.) 2 engage, betroth, espouse
again (adv.) 1 in return, back [in response]
again (adv.) 2 back [to a former position]
aglet-baby (n.) [unclear meaning] small ornamental figure forming the tag of a lace
agree (v.) 2 become harmonious, be reconciled
alarm, alarum, 'larm, 'larum (n.) 3 disturbance, turbulence, trouble, loud noise
alarm, alarum, 'larm, 'larum (n.) 3 disturbance, turbulence, trouble, loud noise
ale-wife (n.) ale-house keeper, barmaid
all (adv.) 3 [intensifying use] quite, so
all-amazed (adj.) completely dumbfounded
amaze (v.) 1 confuse, perplex, bewilder
amazed (adj.) dumbfounded, stunned, thunderstruck, overwhelmed
amendment (n.) recovery, recuperation, improvement
amends (n.) recovery, cure, improvement in health
amort (adj.) dispirited, spiritless, dejected
ancient, aunchient (adj.) 1 long-established, long-standing
ancient, aunchient (adj.) 2 former, earlier, past
ancient, aunchient (adj.) 4 aged, very old, venerable
ancient, aunchient (adj.) 4 aged, very old, venerable
and, an (conj.) 1 if, even if
angel (n.) 2 ministering spirit, person who can perform a helpful office
annoy (v.) harm, molest, hurt, injure
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently
answerable (adj.) corresponding, commensurate, proportionate
antic, antick(e), antique (n.) 1 grotesque figure, grinning jester, buffoon
apace (adv.) quickly, speedily, at a great rate
apace (adv.) quickly, speedily, at a great rate
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress
apparel (n.) clothes, clothing, dress
apparel (v.) 1 clothe, dress up, trick out
appendix (n.) appendage, accompaniment, hanger-on
apply (v.) 2 pursue, practise, devote oneself to
appoint (v.) 7 direct, order, instruct
approve (v.) 3 put to the proof, test, try
approved (adj.) tested, tried, established, proven
apt (adj.) 1 fit, ready, prepared
arras (adj.) made of Arras tapestry fabric
array (n.) 1 attire, clothes, clothing, dress
art (n.) 1 knowledge, learning, scholarship, science
as (conj.) 4 if
ask (v.) 1 demand, require, call for
askance, askaunce (adv.) 2 with disdain, maliciously, scornfully
assurance (n.) 1 security, certainty, confidence
assurance (n.) 2 confirmation, pledge, guarantee
assurance (n.) 2 confirmation, pledge, guarantee
assurance (n.) 2 confirmation, pledge, guarantee
assurance (n.) 2 confirmation, pledge, guarantee
assurance (n.) 2 confirmation, pledge, guarantee
assure (v.) 1 settle, convey, leave [to]
assure (v.) 1 settle, convey, leave [to]
assure (v.) 1 settle, convey, leave [to]
assured (adj.) 1 certain, definite, sure
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect
attend (v.) 1 await, wait for, expect
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing
awful (adj.) 1 awe-inspiring, worthy of respect
baccare, backare (v.) [mock Latin] back, stand back, give place
bag (n.) money-bag, purse
baggage (n.) good-for-nothing woman, harlot
balk (v.) 2 argue over, quibble about
balm (v.) 1 soothe, relieve, heal
bandy (v.) 1 exchange, swap, send to and fro
banquet, banket (n.) 1 refreshments, light meal, dessert
banquet, banket (n.) 1 refreshments, light meal, dessert
banquet, banket (n.) 1 refreshments, light meal, dessert
bar (n.) 3 objection, impediment
bar (v.) 1 prevent, obstruct, block
base (adj.) 1 dishonourable, low, unworthy
bate (v.) 6 [falconry] beat the wings, flutter
bauble (n.) 2 piece of rubbish, worthless trifle
bauble (n.) 2 piece of rubbish, worthless trifle
bay (n.) 1 [hunting] last stand, point of capture
bear in hand 1 abuse, take advantage of, delude, deceive
bearherd, bear-herd, bearard, bearward, berrord (n.) bear-keeper, bear-handler [for dancing or baiting]
beastly (adv.) like an animal, in a beastly manner
beat (v.) 3 drive, force, impel
beat (v.) 3 drive, force, impel
beat (v.) 4 beat the wings, flap wildly
because (conj.) so that, in order that
beck (n.) 1 beckoning, command, call
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to
become (v.) 1 be fitting, befit, be appropriate to
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify
become (v.) 2 grace, honour, dignify
bedazzle (v.) confuse by dazzling
beer / ale, small 1 weak beer, beer of poor quality
beer / ale, small 1 weak beer, beer of poor quality
beetle-headed (adj.) thick-headed, doltish
befall (v.), past forms befallen, befell 2 happen to, come to
before (adv.) 1 ahead, in advance
before (adv.) 2 in the front
beget (v.), past form begot 2 produce, engender, give rise to
begnaw (v.) gnaw away, eat away, chew
beguile (v.) 1 cheat, deceive, trick
beguile (v.) 1 cheat, deceive, trick
beguile (v.) 1 cheat, deceive, trick
beholding (adj.) beholden, obliged, indebted
beholding (adj.) beholden, obliged, indebted
being (n.) 2 physical existence, life
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems
bemete, be-mete (v.) measure; also: mete out punishment
bemoil (v.) cover with dirt, bemire
ben venuto (n.) warm welcome
bend (v.) 1 aim, direct, level, turn
beseem (v.) befit, be fitting [for], be seemly [for]
bespeak (v.), past forms bespake, bespoke 1 ask for, order, request
bestow (v.) 1 give, provide, grant
bestow (v.) 3 give in marriage, match
bestraught (adj.) bereft of wits, mad, out of one's mind
bestrew (v.) 1 strew, scatter, sprinkle
bestrew (v.) 1 strew, scatter, sprinkle
bethink (v.), past form bethought 1 call to mind, think about, consider, reflect
bias (n.) 1 [weighting in a bowl causing it to run obliquely] inclination, tendency, leaning
bid (v.), past form bade 1 command, order, enjoin, tell
big (adv.) 1 threateningly, violently, menacingly
bill (n.) 3 note, document, memorandum
bird (n.) 2 object of prey, quarry
bitter (adj.) sharp, shrewd, keen
blame, to to be blamed, blameworthy
blear (v.) deceive, delude, fool
blot (n.) stain, disgrace, blemish
blow one's nail / nails twiddle one's thumbs, wait patiently
board (v.) 1 accost, address, approach, tackle
bode (v.) 1 forebode, portend, predict, augur
body (n.) 6 person, individual
bondmaid (n.) slave girl
bonny (adj.) 2 fine, beautiful, splendid
boot (n.) 1 good, advantage, profit
boot-hose (n.) over-stocking covering the whole of the lower leg
bossed (adj.) ornamented, studded
bots (n.) stomach worm affecting horses
bottom (n.) 7 bobbin, ball
bow (v.) 1 make to bend, cause to bend
boy (n.) 2 servant, slave, menial
brach (n.) hound [which hunts by scent], bitch
brave (adj.) 1 fine, excellent, splendid, impressive
brave (n.) boast, bravado, blustering threat
brave (v.) 1 challenge, defy, confront, provoke
brave (v.) 1 challenge, defy, confront, provoke
brave (v.) 1 challenge, defy, confront, provoke
brave (v.) 2 make splendid, adorn, brighten up
bravely (adv.) 3 in fine clothes, splendidly dressed
bravely (adv.) 3 in fine clothes, splendidly dressed
bravery (n.) 1 finery, fine clothes, rich dress
brawl (v.) 1 quarrel, squabble, contend
break (v.) 11 graze, bruise, cut open
break (v.) 19 train, discipline, mould
break up (v.) 3 [of jokes] crack, make
breathe (v.) 2 catch breath, pause, rest
breathe (v.) 3 allow to breathe, rest
breathed (adj.) strong-winded, well-exercised
breeching (adj.) subject to be flogged; novice, beginner
bride (v.) 2 play the bride
brief (adj.) 1 quick, speedy, swift, expeditious
broach (v.) 2 raise, introduce into conversation
brook (v.) 2 allow, permit, bear
brow (n.) 1 appearance, aspect, countenance
buckler (v.) 2 shield, protect, defend
bug (n.) 1 bogey, bugbear, imaginary terror
burden, burthen (n.) 2 bass accompaniment [in a song]
burden, burthen (v.) 2 charge, accuse, lay on
burst (adj.) broken, shattered, rent in two
burst (v.) 1 break, smash
but (adv.) 2 just
butt (n.) 4 buttock, bottom
buttery (n.) store-room [for provisions], liquor-store
buzz (n.) rumour, whisper, report
buzzard (n.) 1 ignoramus, stupid person; also: inferior kind of hawk
buzzard (n.) 2 [unclear meaning] night-flying insect; cockchafer
candle-case (n.) container for candles
canopy (n.) 2 covering above a bed
caparisoned (adj.) dressed, decked out, arrayed
cardmaker (n.) instrument for combing wool
careless (adj.) 1 carefree, unconcerned, untroubled
carouse (n.) toast, long draught, cup filled to the brim to be downed in one go
carouse (v.) drink at length, imbibe long draughts
carouse (v.) drink at length, imbibe long draughts
cart (v.) drive around in a cart [usual punishment for a prostitute]
carve (v.) 6 design, make up, shape artistically
cause (n.) 1 reason, motive, ground
cause (n.) 4 affair, business, subject
cavil (n.) quibble, hair-splitting objection
censer (n.) perfuming vessel with a perforated and ornamented lid
chafe (v.) 2 enrage, irritate, anger
chafe (v.) 2 enrage, irritate, anger
chance (n.) 1 event, occurrence, situation [especially, bad]
change (v.) 1 exchange, trade
change (v.) 2 substitute, replace, supplant
chapeless (adj.) without a sheath
charge (n.) 7 expense, cost, outlay
charge (v.) 2 entreat, exhort, enjoin
charm (v.) 4 overcome, subdue, take over [as if by a charm]
charm (v.) 6 bind, order, tell
check (n.) 3 restraint, control, counsel of moderation
cheer (n.) 1 entertainment, fare, food and drink
cheer (n.) 1 entertainment, fare, food and drink
cheer (n.) 1 entertainment, fare, food and drink
cheer (n.) 1 entertainment, fare, food and drink
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove
chide (v.), past form chid 1 scold, rebuke, reprove
chider (n.) quarreller, abusive person
choice (adj.) 1 chosen, specially worthy, excellent
choke (v.) 2 silence, quieten, still
choler (n.) anger, rage, wrath
choleric (adj.) 1 inclined to anger, hot-tempered, irascible
choleric (adj.) 3 giving rise to anger, causing bad temper
choose, cannot have no alternative, cannot do otherwise
circumstance (n.) 2 circumlocution, verbiage, unnecessary detail
clap up (v.) 1 seal, settle hastily, complete suddenly
clear (adj.) 3 serene, cheerful, unclouded
close (adv.) 6 safely, secretly, out of sight
close up (v.) finally satisfy, put the finishing touches to
closely (adv.) 2 in strict confinement, securely
cockle (n.) 2 cockleshell, mussel-shell
colour (v.) 3 dye, stain a new colour
come (v.) 3 speak, talk, express oneself
come by (v.) find, acquire, come across
come of (v.) descend from
commanded (adj.) forced, feigned, contrived
commend (v.) 1 convey greetings, present kind regards
commend (v.) 4 praise, admire, extol
common (adj.) 1 average, usual, general, ordinary
commune (v.) 1 talk, converse, discourse
comonty, commonty (n.) malapropism for ‘comedy’
compassed (adj.) curved, rounded, arched
compound (v.) 1 agree, settle
compound (v.) 1 agree, settle
conceit (n.) 5 notion, idea, thought
conceive (v.) 1 understand, comprehend, follow
conceive (v.) 1 understand, comprehend, follow
conceive (v.) 1 understand, comprehend, follow
condition (n.) 1 disposition, temper, mood, character
confer (v.) chat, talk together, gossip
conference (n.) 1 conversation, talk, discourse
conformable (adj.) compliant, submissive, tractable
confound (v.) 1 destroy, overthrow, ruin
conserve (n.) (plural) preserve, store
conserve (n.) 2 (plural) confections, sweetmeats, candied fruits
consolation (n.) comfort, good cheer, contentment
construe (v.) 3 explain, expound
construe (v.) 3 explain, expound
contain (v.) 2 restrain, keep under control
contending (adj.) struggling, antagonistic, opposed
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready
content (adj.) 1 agreeable, willing, ready
content (v.) 1 please, gratify, delight, satisfy
content (v.) 1 please, gratify, delight, satisfy
content (v.) 1 please, gratify, delight, satisfy
content (v.) 2 calm [down], settle, relax
content (v.) 2 calm [down], settle, relax
content (v.) 2 calm [down], settle, relax
content (v.) 3 take pleasure in, enjoy
contented (adj.) 1 willing, ready, agreeable
contented (adj.) 2 not disposed to complain, amenable
continency (n.) 1 moderation, self-restraint, patience
contrive (v.) 2 pass the time, spend, while away
cony-catch (v.) 1 rabbit-catch; trick, dupe
cony-catching (n.) rabbit-catching; trickery, evasion, knavery
copatain hat high-crowned hat in the form of a sugar-loaf
countenance (n.) 1 demeanour, bearing, manner
countenance (n.) 1 demeanour, bearing, manner
countenance (n.) 1 demeanour, bearing, manner
countenance (n.) 3 appearance, aspect, look
countenance (n.) 3 appearance, aspect, look
countenance (v.) 2 honour, grace, pay respect to
counterfeit (adj.) 1 pretended, feigned, sham
counterfeit (adj.) 1 pretended, feigned, sham
counterpoint (n.) counterpane, quilted bed-covering
couple (v.) 2 leash together
course (v.) 2 hunt hares [or other game] with hounds by sight
courtesy, cur'sy, curtsy (n.) 2 curtsy, bow, gesture of respect
covenant (n.) contract, legal agreement, compact
coxcomb (n.) 2 fool's head, fool, simpleton
coy (adj.) 2 unresponsive, distant, standoffish, disdainful
cozen (v.) cheat, dupe, trick, deceive
cozen (v.) cheat, dupe, trick, deceive
crab (n.) crab-apple, sour apple
crack-hemp (n.) rogue who deserves to be hanged, gallows-bird
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request
crave (v.) 2 need, demand, require
craven (n.) 1 [cock-fighting] cock that shows no fighting spirit
credit (n.) 3 reputation, name, standing, honour
credit (v.) 2 do credit to, grace, give esteem to
crest (n.) 3 heraldic device placed above the shield and helmet in a coat-of-arms
cross (adj.) 1 perverse, contrarious, contradictory
cross (v.) 2 contradict, challenge, go against
cross (v.) 2 contradict, challenge, go against
cross (v.) 3 afflict, plague, go against
cross (v.) 5 interrupt, cut in on
crupper (n.) leather saddle-strap on a horse
crupper (n.) leather saddle-strap on a horse
cry (v.) 2 give tongue, cry out
cullion (n.) wretch, rascal, rogue
cum... by special licence with the sole right to print
cunning (adj.) 1 knowledgeable, skilful, clever
cunning (adj.) 1 knowledgeable, skilful, clever
cunning (adj.) 1 knowledgeable, skilful, clever
cunning (adj.) 1 knowledgeable, skilful, clever
cunning (n.) 1 skill, ability, expertise
cunning (n.) 3 deviousness, deceit, craftiness, artfulness
curious (adj.) 5 particular, difficult to satisfy, hard to please
curiously (adv.) 1 skilfully, carefully, proficiently
currish (adj.) mean-spirited, snarling, quarrelsome
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
curst (adj.) 1 bad-tempered, quarrelsome, shrewish, cross
custard-coffin (n.) crust surrounding a custard tart
cut (n.) 1 ornamental gap in a dress to show the colour underneath
dainty (n.) 3 delicacy, choice foodstuff
dally (v.) 4 delay, linger, loiter
dam (n.) mother
dam (n.) mother
dame (n.) 1 woman, girl
deceitful (adj.) sham, false, bogus
deceiving (adj.) sham, false, bogus
deck (v.) cover, adorn, decorate
declining (adj.) 1 hanging, bowing, drooping
deeply (adv.) 1 profoundly, thoroughly, sincerely
deeply (adv.) 2 loudly, sonorously, resoundingly
demi-cannon (n.) type of large gun
denier (n.) tenth of a penny [trivial sum, paltry amount]
deny (v.) 2 refuse, decline, scorn
deny (v.) 2 refuse, decline, scorn
descry (v.) 1 catch sight of, make out, espy, discover
desperate (adj.) 2 risky, dangerous, hazardous
despite, in 2 no matter what else happens
device (n.) 1 plot, stratagem, trick
device (n.) 2 plan, scheme, intention
devote (adj.) 1 devoted, dedicated, addicted
diaper (n.) towel, napkin, cloth
digress (v.) deviate, diverge, depart
diligent (adj.) 1 attentive, heedful, ready to respond
discipline (n.) 2 learning, schooling, course of instruction
discomfit (v.) 2 discourage, disconcert, deject
disease (n.) 3 mental illness, disturbance of mind
dispatch, despatch (v.) 1 deal with promptly, settle, get [something] done quickly
disquiet (adj.) upset, disturbed, troubled
dissemble (v.) 1 disguise, cloak, give a deceptive appearance to
dissemble (v.) 2 deceive, disguise the truth, pretend
distilled (adj.) fragrant, scented, aromatic
doff (v.) throw off, get rid of, do away with
dog-weary (adj.) dog-tired, exhausted
dole, happy man be his destiny, fate, lot
domineer (v.) feast riotously, raise the roof
dotard (n.) old fool, senile idiot
doubtful (adj.) 1 fearful, worried, apprehensive
dower (n.) dowry, property or wealth given with a wife
dower (n.) dowry, property or wealth given with a wife
dower (n.) dowry, property or wealth given with a wife
draw (v.) 4 write out, draw up, present
dress (v.) 1 prepare, make ready
dresser (n.) serving-table, kitchen table
drudge (n.) slave, serf, lackey
dulcet (adj.) sweet, mild, pleasant, agreeable
dull (adj.) 4 dim, not sharp, lacking keenness
dump (n.) 3 (plural) low spirits, feeling of melancholy
duty (n.) 2 reverence, due respect, proper attitude
duty (n.) 2 reverence, due respect, proper attitude
duty (n.) 4 due, desert, deserving
ease (n.) 1 comfort, relief, solace
edge (n.) 1 ardour, keen desire
effect (v.) 1 cause, produce, bring about
effectual (adj.) 1 effective, efficient
eleven and twenty long just right, perfect [a winning hand in the card game of Thirty-one]
embossed (adj.) 1 driven to such extremes, made mad with exhaustion
embracement (n.) embrace, clasping, hug
encounter (n.) 2 accosting, address, approach
endure (v.) 1 let, allow, permit
engender (v.) produce, develop, generate
entertain (v.) 2 welcome, receive kindly, treat well, show hospitality to
entertain (v.) 2 welcome, receive kindly, treat well, show hospitality to
entertainment (n.) 1 treatment, hospitality, reception
entertainment (n.) 2 pleasant reception, favourable welcome
entire (adj.) sincere, genuine, earnest
entrance (n.) 1 admission, right of entering, entrance-fee
envious (adj.) malicious, spiteful, vindictive, full of enmity
envy, envy at (v.) 1 show malice [towards], hate, regard with ill will
ergo (adv.) therefore
estate (n.) 3 degree of rank, place in life, type of person
esteem (n.) 2 reputation, regard, respectability
esteem (v.) regard, think, consider
event (n.) outcome, issue, consequence
ewer (n.) pitcher containing water for washing hands
ewer (n.) pitcher containing water for washing hands
excuse (n.) pardon, dispensation, exoneration
execute (v.) 1 carry out, fulfil, perform
express (v.) show, reveal, display
extempore (adj./adv.) 1 without preparation, improvised, for the occasion
eyne (n.) [archaism] eyes
face (v.) 2 confront impudently, defy
face (v.) 2 confront impudently, defy
face (v.) 7 brazen out, carry through shamelessly
face (v.) 8 trim with braid, adorn
face out (v.) brazen out, carry through shamelessly
fain (adv.) gladly, willingly
fair (adj.) 1 handsome, good-looking, beautiful
fair (adj.) 12 clean, unsoiled, not dirty
fair (adv.) 1 kindly, encouragingly, courteously
fair (adv.) 7 fully, quite, wholly
fair (n.) 2 fortune, happiness, favour
fairly (adv.) 1 cordially, warmly, becomingly
fairly (adv.) 2 neatly, elegantly, handsomely, beautifully
fairly (adv.) 2 neatly, elegantly, handsomely, beautifully
fall to (v.) begin to do, abandon oneself to
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious
fame (n.) 1 reputation, renown, character
fancy (n.) 5 imagining, flight of fancy, fanciful thought
fancy (n.) 7 whim, inclination, caprice
fancy (v.) like, love, admire
fancy (v.) like, love, admire
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope
fare (v.) 1 get on, manage, do, cope
farrer (adv.) farther, further
fashion (n.) 8 (plural) horse disease affecting the nose and mouth [farcy]
fast out (v.) pass a period of abstinence
father (n.) 1 old man, venerable sir
fault (n.) 5 [hunting] break in a line of scent, loss of scent
fear (v.) 1 frighten, scare, terrify, daunt
fear (v.) 2 fear for, worry about, be anxious about
fellow (n.) 1 companion, associate
fellow (n.) 5 fellow-servant, colleague
few, in (a) in few words, in short, in brief
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat
field (n.) 1 field of battle, battleground, field of combat
figure (n.) 2 figure of speech, device, piece of rhetoric
filthy (adj.) nasty, contemptible, disgusting
fine (adj.) 2 finely clothed, smartly dressed
fine (adj.) 2 finely clothed, smartly dressed
finely (adv.) nicely, delicately, subtly
first (n.) 1 beginning, outset, start
fit (v.) 1 suit, befit, be suitable [for]
fives (n.) (plural) horse disease affecting the parotid glands [the strangles]
flap-eared (adj.) with long hanging ears
flat (adj.) 1 downright, plain, basic
flatly (adv.) 1 plainly, straight, bluntly
fleet (adj.) swift, nimble, active
fleet (adj.) swift, nimble, active
flout (v.) insult, abuse, mock
fondly (adv.) foolishly, stupidly, madly
fool (n.) 1 [term of endearment or pity] dear, darling, innocent creature
footboy (n.) boy attendant, page-boy, servant on foot [accompanying a rider],
for (conj.) 2 because
for (prep.) 2 by
for why, forwhy (adv.) 2 for which reason, because of this
forbear (v.) 1 stop, cease, desist
forget (v.) 3 lose one's sense of identity
formal (adj.) 3 punctilious, stiff, standing on ceremony
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 2 abandon, renounce, reject, give up
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 2 abandon, renounce, reject, give up
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 2 abandon, renounce, reject, give up
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 3 deny, repudiate, refuse to admit
forthcoming (adj.) 1 producable in court, available as evidence / as a witness
fortune (n.) 1 good fortune, success
fortune (n.) 3 chance, fate, [one's ] lot
fortune (n.) 3 chance, fate, [one's ] lot
forward (adj.) 4 insistent, demanding, eager
foul (adj.) 1 plain-looking, unattractive, ugly
foul (adj.) 2 false, hypocritical, shameful
foul (adj.) 3 detestable, vile, loathsome
foul (adj.) 4 dirty, miry, muddy
foul (adj.) 4 dirty, miry, muddy
frame (v.) 2 adapt, adjust, shape, accommodate
frantic (adj.) mad, insane, frenzied, out of one's senses
frenzy (n.) distraction, agitation, delirium
fresh (adj.) 1 young, lovely, blooming
fret (n.) 1 ridge for guiding the fingers on the neck of a lute [or similar instrument]
fret (n.) 2 irritation, annoyance, vexation
fret (v.) 1 wear out, eat away, erode
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify
frivolous (adj.) 1 silly, paltry, trivial
frolic (v.) be joyful, make merry
froward (adj.) 1 perverse, obstinate, wilful, ungovernable
froward (adj.) 1 perverse, obstinate, wilful, ungovernable
froward (adj.) 1 perverse, obstinate, wilful, ungovernable
froward (adj.) 1 perverse, obstinate, wilful, ungovernable
froward (adj.) 1 perverse, obstinate, wilful, ungovernable
froward (adj.) 1 perverse, obstinate, wilful, ungovernable
froward (adj.) 1 perverse, obstinate, wilful, ungovernable
froward (adj.) 1 perverse, obstinate, wilful, ungovernable
full (adv.) 1 fully, completely, properly
full-gorged (adj.) allowed to eat her fill
fume (v.) be in a rage, show anger
furniture (n.) 3 outfit, dress, costume
fustian (n.) 1 type of coarse cloth [of cotton and flax]
gait (n.) 1 manner of walking, bearing, movement
gait (n.) 1 manner of walking, bearing, movement
gait (n.) 1 manner of walking, bearing, movement
gall (v.) 4 graze, scratch
gallant (n.) 1 fine gentleman, man of fashion
gallant (n.) 1 fine gentleman, man of fashion
galliass (n.) heavily built warship using sails and oars [larger than a galley]
gambold (n.) frolic, entertainment, pastime
gamesome (adj.) sportive, merry, playful
gamester (n.) 1 gambler, adventurer
gamut (n.) musical scale
gaud (n.) gaudy toy, showy plaything, trinket
gentle (adj.) 1 well-born, honourable, noble
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind
gentle (adj.) 6 soft, tender, kind
gentle (n.) 3 (plural) gentlemen
gentlewoman (n.) woman of good breeding, well-born lady
gentlewoman (n.) woman of good breeding, well-born lady
gentlewoman (n.) woman of good breeding, well-born lady
get (v.) 1 beget, conceive, breed
gift (n.) 1 quality, accomplishment, talent
gird (n.) 2 taunt, gibe, dig
give over (v.) 1 desert, leave, abandon
give thanks say grace before meals
glance away (v.) bounce off, ricochet off
glanders (n.) horse disease affecting the nostrils and jaws
glass (n.) 1 mirror, looking-glass
go forward (v.) 2 carry on, keep it up
good (adj.) 4 amenable, tractable, manageable
goodly (adj.) 1 splendid, excellent, fine
goodly (adj.) 1 splendid, excellent, fine
goodman (adj.) 2 husband
grace (n.) 4 gracefulness, charm, elegance
grace (n.) 5 favour, good will
graceless (adj.) wicked, ungodly, immoral
grandsire (n.) 2 old man, aged person
gratify (v.) 1 reward, repay, show gratitude for
great (adj.) 5 full of emotion
green (adj.) 1 fresh, recent, new
green (adj.) 1 fresh, recent, new
grieve (v.) vex, hurt, trouble
groom (n.) 1 servingman, servant, male attendant
groom (n.) 2 fellow, character, creature
groom (n.) 3 bridegroom
ground (n.) 2 foundation, basis, root
habiliment, abiliment (n.) (usually plural) clothes, dress, attire, outfit
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume
haggard (n.) [falconry] wild hawk
haggard (n.) [falconry] wild hawk
hale (v.) 2 molest, drag about, push around
half, be one's go half-shares with one, share the stake with one
half-cheeked (adj.) [horse-riding] with broken side-rings [cheeks]; or: halfway up the cheeks
halt (v.) limp, proceed lamely
halt (v.) limp, proceed lamely
hand, at / in any in any case, at any rate
hand, at / in any in any case, at any rate
hap (n.) 1 fortune, lot, fate
hap (v.) happen, take place, come to pass
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck
happily (adv.) 1 perhaps, by chance, maybe
happily (adv.) 2 opportunely, propitiously, with good fortune
happily (adv.) 2 opportunely, propitiously, with good fortune
happy (adj.) 2 opportune, appropriate, propitious, favourable
hard (adv.) 3 badly, poorly, ill
hasty-witted (adj.) quick-witted, quick-thinking
have at [someone] [said at the start of a fencing attack or other confrontation] I come at, let me at [a person]
have to I'll move forward to, I'll go onwards to
have to't let's go at it, let's renew the fight
he (n.) man, person
head (n.) 2 power, strength, scope
headstall (n.) part of a horse's bridle that goes over the head
hearing (n.) news, report, spectacle
hearken (v.) 2 be on the lookout, await an opportunity
hearken for (v.) 2 desire, be attracted to
heart (n.) 1 courage, spirit, valour
heart (n.) 1 courage, spirit, valour
heart, for my for my life
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy
heedless (adj.) careless, slack, inattentive
hic... here...
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed
high-cross (n.) cross in a town centre
hipped (adj.) with an injured hip, lame
history (n.) 1 story, tale, narrative
hold (n.) 3 guard, custody, confinement
hold (v.) 4 bear, tolerate, endure
hold (v.) 7 stay unbroken, hold out [in a fight]
hold (v.) 13 wager, offer as a bet
honest (adj.) 2 honourable, respectable, upright
hot (adj.) 1 hot-tempered, angry, passionate
hot (adj.) 1 hot-tempered, angry, passionate
hour (n.) 3 (plural) fixed time, timetable
house (n.) 1 inn, tavern
household (adj.) 2 domesticated, house-trained
humble (adj.) 2 lowly, ignoble, low
humour (n.) 1 mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]
humour (n.) 1 mood, disposition, frame of mind, temperament [as determined by bodily fluids]
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
humour (n.) 2 fancy, whim, inclination, caprice
hungerly (adj.) sparse, meagre
hurly (n.) commotion, uproar, turmoil
husband (n.) houskeeper, steward, domestic manager
husband (v.) 1 manage, handle, look after
idle (adj.) 2 mad, crazy, lunatic
idle (adj.) 2 mad, crazy, lunatic
ill-favoured (adj.) ugly, unattractive, unsightly
ill-seeming (adj.) of ugly appearance, unpleasant to look at
image (n.) 1 embodiment, instance, form
impatient (adj.) 1 angry, irate, incensed
import (n.) importance, significance, consequence
importune (v.) 2 beg [for], ask persistently [for]
imprimis (adv.) in the first place
imprimis (adv.) in the first place
indifferent (adj.) 4 not different, identical, same
indifferent (adv.) 2 equally, alike, correspondingly
induction (n.) opening scene [of a play], initial step, preparation
infuse (v.) 1 fill, imbue, pervade
ingenious (adj.) 2 intellectual, refined, in liberal arts
ingrate (adj.) ungrateful, unthankful, unappreciative
insolence (n.) overbearing pride, haughtiness, presumptuous arrogance
institute (v.) 2 begin, introduce, set up
intend (v.) 1 pretend, convey, purport, profess
intent (n.) intention, purpose, aim
intolerable (adv.) excessively, exceedingly, extremely
invention (n.) 3 novelty, fresh creation, innovation
invention (n.) 5 plan, scheme, stratagem
iwis (adv.) [archaism] assuredly, certainly, truly
Jack (n.) 1 Jack-in-office, ill-mannered fellow, lout, knave
Jack (n.) 1 Jack-in-office, ill-mannered fellow, lout, knave
Jack (n.) 3 serving-man
jade (n.) 1 worn-out horse, hack, worthless nag
jade (n.) 1 worn-out horse, hack, worthless nag
jade (n.) 2 [contemptuous] wretch, worthless individual
jealous (adj.) 1 suspicious, mistrustful, wary, watchful
jest, break a play a practical joke
Jill (n.) serving-maid
jog (v.) move on, go off, be away
joint-stool, join-stool, joined-stool (n.) well-made stool [by a joiner] [also used in phrases of ridicule]
jointure (n.) marriage settlement, part of a husband's estate due to his widow
jolly (adj.) 2 [intensifier] very, extremely; or: arrogant, overbearing
jolthead, jolt-head (n.) blockhead, dolt, numskull
jump (v.) 1 agree, coincide, tally
junket (n.) delicacy, sweetmeat, confection
keep (n.) keeping, custody, care
keep (v.) 5 look after, watch over, maintain
keep (v.) 5 look after, watch over, maintain
kennel (n.) 1 street drain, gutter
kersey (n./adj.) coarsely woven plain woollen cloth
kill (v.) 2 put down, outdo, master
kind (adj.) 2 loving, affectionate, fond
kindly (adv.) 4 naturally, spontaneously, convincingly
kindly, and by all means, in any case
kindness (n.) 2 feelings of kinship
kindred (n.) matching character, resemblance [to one another]
kite (n.) bird of prey; thieving bird [of ill omen; also, strong term of abuse]
knack (n.) trifle, knick-knack, ornament
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue
knave (n.) 2 servant, menial, lackey
knave (n.) 2 servant, menial, lackey
knave (n.) 2 servant, menial, lackey
knave (n.) 3 boy, lad, fellow
knavery (n.) 1 roguish trick, rouguery, trickery
knavery (n.) 1 roguish trick, rouguery, trickery
knavery (n.) 3 showy adornment, trumpery, ornamentation
knit (n.) style, pattern, type
lackey (n.) 1 footman, minion, flunky
lampass (n.) horse disease affecting the mouth
largess (n.) free gift, generous present
lave (v.) wash, bathe, soak
law, by in court, with legal proceedings
lay (v.) 12 wager, stake, bet
lecture (n.) 2 classroom lesson
lecture (n.) 2 classroom lesson
lecture (n.) 2 classroom lesson
leet (n.) local court of justice, manorial court
'lege (v.) allege
leisure (n.) opportunity, moment, available time
leisure (n.) opportunity, moment, available time
lewd (adj.) 1 improper, unseemly
lie (v.) 1 live, dwell, reside, lodge
lief, had as should like just as much
light (adj.) 2 joyful, merry, light-hearted
light on (v.) come across, meet with, chance upon
light on (v.) come across, meet with, chance upon
light on (v.) come across, meet with, chance upon
lightness (n.) 1 irresponsibility, levity, frivolity, fickleness
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably
like (adv.) 1 likely, probable / probably
like (v.) 1 please, suit
like (v.) 1 please, suit
like (v.) 2 love
like, the the same
like, the the same
link (n.) 2 blacking [from a burnt torch]
list (n.) 6 cloth edging, border material
list (v.) 1 wish, like, please
list (v.) 1 wish, like, please
list (v.) 2 listen
list (v.) 4 care, choose, desire
logger-headed (adj.) thick-headed, stupid, doltish
long (v.) 1 belong, pertain, relate
longly (adv.) for a long time, constantly, persistently
look for (v.) 1 expect, hope for, anticipate
look for (v.) 1 expect, hope for, anticipate
look unto (v.) attend to, take care of
look upon (v.) 3 take notice of, turn towards
look what (conj.) whatever
loose-bodied (adj.) loose-fitting
lovely (adj.) loving, amorous
low (adj.) 3 gentle, mild, not shrill
lowly (adj.) 1 humble, modest, submissive
lunatic (adj.) hallucinating, suffering from delusions
lure (n.) [falconry] baited apparatus for recalling a hawk
lustful (adj.) lust-arousing
lusty (adj.) 2 merry, cheerful, lively
madcap (adj.) reckless, impulsive, wildly behaved
maidenhead (n.) 1 virginity
maintain (v.) 2 afford, stand the cost of
make (v.) 7 become, form, make up
make good 2 perform well, succeed in carrying out
make good 2 perform well, succeed in carrying out
malthorse, malt-horse (n./adj.) heavy brewer's horse; so: drudge, idiot
man (n.) 4 servant, attendant, lackey
man (v.) 3 [falconry] tame, make tractable
mar (v.) ruin, harm, injure, damage
mar (v.) ruin, harm, injure, damage
marcantant (n.) malapropism of Italian ‘mercatante’, merchant
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
mart (n.) 2 bargaining, buying and selling, trading
marvel (adj.) strange, remarkable
marvellous (adv.) very, extremely, exceedingly
masquing (adj.) elaborate, grotesque, suitable for use in a masque
master (n.) 1 teacher, school-master
master (n.) 1 teacher, school-master
match (n.) 1 bargain, contract, agreement
match (v.) 1 join in marriage, make a match
mate (n.) 2 fellow, individual
matter (n.) 1 subject-matter, content, substance
maze (n.) 2 chance wandering about, labyrinthine business
meacock (adj.) spiritless, languid, docile
mead (n.) meadow
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor
mean (adj.) 3 unworthy, insignificant, unimportant
mean (adj.) 4 average, moderate, middling
mean-apparelled (adj.) humbly dressed, in poor clothes
measure (n.) 5 [of drink] vessel-full, tot
meat (n.) 1 food, nourishment
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper
meet (adj.) 1 fit, suitable, right, proper
mend (v.) 1 amend, improve, make better, put right
mend (v.) 1 amend, improve, make better, put right
mend (v.) 1 amend, improve, make better, put right
mend (v.) 4 supplement, augment
merry (adj.) 1 facetious, droll, jocular
merry (adj.) 2 hilarious, uproarious, hysterical
mess (n.) 4 serving of food, dish
mete-yard (n.) measuring rod, yard-stick
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me
methinks(t), methought(s) (v.) it seems /seemed to me
mew up (v.) coop up, confine, shut up
mew up (v.) coop up, confine, shut up
mighty (adj.) influential, important, leading
milch-kine (n.) dairy-milk cows
mind (n.) 1 inclination, desire, wish
mind (n.) 2 intention, purpose, intent
mind (v.) 4 pay attention to, take notice of
minion (n.) 2 hussy, jade, minx
modest (adj.) 1 moderate, reasonable, mild, limited
modesty (n.) 1 moderation, restraint, discipline
modesty (n.) 1 moderation, restraint, discipline
monument (n.) 2 portent, warning, sign
moralise, moralize (v.) 1 explain, interpret
morn (n.) morning, dawn
morrow (n.) morning
morrow (n.) morning
morrow (n.) morning
morrow (n.) morning
mose in the chine [unclear meaning] be in the final stages of the glanders
mother-wit natural intelligence
motion (n.) 6 proposal, proposition, suggestion, offer
mould (n.) 2 nature, frame, character
mould (v.) model, shape, fashion
move (v.) 1 arouse, affect, stir [by emotion]
move (v.) 8 shake one's resolve, alter one's position
moved (adj.) 3 in a bad temper, angered, exasperated
mum (int.) be quiet, shush
mum (int.) be quiet, shush
muscadel (n.) type of strong sweet wine
nail (n.) 1 [measure of cloth] sixteenth of a yard [c.6 cm]
narrowly (adv.) carefully, with close attention
narrow-prying (adj.) inquisitive, snooping, meddlesome
near-legged (adj.) knock-kneed
neat (n.) ox, cow, cattle
nice (adj.) 7 whimsical, capricious, temperamental
nill (v.) will not
nit (n.) little fellow; shrimp, gnat
note (n.) 8 list, record, roll
note (n.) 9 memorandum
note (v.) 1 observe, pay attention [to], take special note [of]
nurse (n.) nourisher, feeder
obeisance (n.) bow, curtsy, respectful salutation
occasion (n.) 1 circumstance, opportunity
occasion (n.) 4 course of events, state of affairs
odd (adj.) 1 eccentric, peculiar, unusual
odd (adj.) 1 eccentric, peculiar, unusual
odds (n. plural) 1 superiority, advantage, edge
offer (v.) 2 dare, presume, venture
offer (v.) 5 make, opt for, declare
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility
office (n.) 2 role, position, place, function
officer (n.) 1 constable
oft (adv.) often
oftentimes (adv.) often, frequently, on many occasions
only (adv.) 3 alone, solely, exclusively
orchard (n.) garden
ordain (v.) 1 appoint, establish, institute
order (n.) 1 arrangement, disposition, direction
order (n.) 5 manner, process, method
orderly (adv.) according to the rules, properly, in the prescribed way
ordnance, ordinance (n.) cannon, artillery
out-vie (v.) outbid, outdo, better
overblow (v.) 1 blow over, pass away, abate
over-eye (v.) watch, observe; or: look too much at
overleather (n.) leather in the upper part of a shoe
overreach, over-reach (v.), past form overraught 1 outwit, outdo, cheat
overrun (v.) 2 flow over, stream down
pack (v.) 1 take [oneself] off, be off, depart
packing (n.) plotting, contriving, underhand dealing
packthread, pack-thread (n.) twine used for tying up bundles, string
pain (n.) effort, endeavour, exertion, labour
pain (n.) effort, endeavour, exertion, labour
painful (adj.) 1 painstaking, diligent, laborious
painted (adj.) 1 colourful, multicoloured
pantaloon (n.) old man, dotard [i.e. one wearing pantaloons = breeches]
pantaloon (n.) old man, dotard [i.e. one wearing pantaloons = breeches]
parle, parley (n.) 1 negotiation, meeting [between enemies under a truce, to discuss terms]
part (n.) 1 quality, attribute, gift, accomplishment [of mind or body]
pass (n.) 7 predicament, juncture, critical point
pass (v.) 1 surpass, go beyond, outdo
pass (v.) 7 confirm, ratify, affirm
pass (v.) 7 confirm, ratify, affirm
pass (v.) 8 transact, complete, carry through
passing (adv.) very, exceedingly, extremely
passing (adv.) very, exceedingly, extremely
passing (adv.) very, exceedingly, extremely
passing (adv.) very, exceedingly, extremely
passing (adv.) very, exceedingly, extremely
passing (adv.) very, exceedingly, extremely
passing (adv.) very, exceedingly, extremely
passion (n.) 5 passionate outburst, emotional passage
pate (n.) head, skull
pate (n.) head, skull
patrimony (n.) estate, inheritance, property
peasant (adj.) 1 base, low, villainous
peat (n.) pet, spoilt darling
pedant (n.) schoolmaster, teacher
pedant (n.) schoolmaster, teacher
pedant (n.) schoolmaster, teacher
pedascule (n.) little pedant
peer (v.) 1 appear, come into sight
peremptory (adj.) 1 determined, resolved, absolutely decided
petticoat (n.) long skirt
pheeze, feeze (v.) do for, settle the hash of, fix
piece (v.) 3 mend, repair, make whole
piercing (adj.) 1 moving, touching, poignant
pinch (v.) 5 cause trouble, bring into difficulties
pip (n.) mark on a playing card [as used in the game of ‘one-and-thirty’]
pith (n.) 2 essence, central point, main purpose
pittance (n.) meal, fare, provision
place where, in in a suitable place
place, in present, attending, at hand
plash (n.) pool, puddle, pond
plate (n.) 1 special tableware, household utensils of value
pleasant (adj.) 1 facetious, joking, droll
pleasant (adj.) 1 facetious, joking, droll
pleasant (adj.) 2 merry, festive, jolly
pleasant (adj.) 2 merry, festive, jolly
pleasant (adj.) 2 merry, festive, jolly
pleasure (n.) 1 wish, desire, will
pleasure (n.) 1 wish, desire, will
pledge (n.) 2 guarantor, surety
pluck (v.) 3 tug, yank, pull sharply
plucking (n.) pulling off, removal
ply one's book study, work at, apply oneself to
point (n.) 2 (usually plural) tagged lace [especially for attaching hose to the doublet]
policy (n.) 2 stratagem, cunning, intrigue, craft
politicly (adv.) in a politic manner, strategically, shrewdly
porringer (n.) 1 pudding basin, pot [for puddings, soup, etc]
port (n.) 3 station, position, dignity
port (n.) 4 style of living, way of life
portion (n.) 1 dowry, marriage gift, settlement
possession (n.) 1 actual holding, real ownership, immediate possession
practice (n.) 5 occupation, profession, line of work
practise on / upon (v.) 2 work upon, act craftily with, make to operate
prating (adj.) prattling, chattering, blathering
prefer (v.) 2 present, put forward, introduce
preferment (n.) advancement, promotion
preposterous (adj.) 1 contrary to the natural order, monstrous, perverted
prerogative (n.) 3 precedence, prior place
present (v.) 2 put forward [for immediate action]
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once
prevent (v.) 2 take steps to thwart, avoid by prompt action
prick (v.) 1 pin, fix, stick
prick (v.) 2 urge, incite, motivate
proceeder (n.) worker, scholar, student
prodigy (n.) 1 omen, portent, sign
profess (v.) 3 practise, pursue, claim knowledge of
proof (n.) 1 tested strength, proven power of resistance, impenetrability
proof (n.) 6 result, outcome, upshot
proper (adj.) 1 good-looking, handsome, comely
proud (adj.) 5 bulging, swelling
prove (v.) 1 test, try out, make trial [of]
quaff (v.) drink down, take a long draught of
quaff off (v.) drain a cup in a long draught
quaint (adj.) 2 artful, cunning
quaint (adj.) 4 pretty, attractive, lovely
qualified (adj.) 1 endowed with good qualities, accomplished
quantity (n.) 1 fragment, little piece, tiny amount
quick (adj.) 4 sharp, keen, alert
quicken (v.) 1 revive, rejuvenate, give life [to]
quiet (n.) calmness, peace of mind, serenity
quit (v.) 6 avenge, requite, take vengeance [on]
quoth (v.) said
quoth (v.) said
quoth (v.) said
quoth (v.) said
rag (n.) 1 worthless wretch, good-for-nothing creature, beggar
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about]
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about]
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about]
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about]
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about]
raiment (n.) clothing, clothes, dress
raiment (n.) clothing, clothes, dress
range (v.) 1 wander freely, roam, rove
rate (v.) 1 berate, reproach, rebuke, scold
rate (v.) 1 berate, reproach, rebuke, scold
ray (v.) 1 disfigure, stain, blemish
ray (v.) 2 dirty, soil, make filthy
ready (adj.) 2 easy, quick, convenient
rebuse (v.) malapropism for ‘abuse’
reckon up (v.) list, enumerate
redime... free yourself from captivity at the lowest ransom
regard (n.) 1 consideration, concern, thought, heed
rehearse (v.) 1 relate, recount, give an account of
remember (v.) 2 recollect, recall, call to mind
repute (v.) consider, think, reckon
resolution (n.) 1 determination, courage, firmness of purpose
resolve (v.) 1 answer, respond to
rest (v.) 2 remain [to be done], be left
rest, let so much for, think no further of [someone / something]
restrain (v.) 2 draw tightly, pull taut
reverence (n.) 3 bow, obeisance, salutation
reverend (adj.) revered, worthy, respected
reverend (adj.) revered, worthy, respected
reverend (adj.) revered, worthy, respected
right (adj.) 2 correct [in opinion], right-minded
road (n.) 1 harbour, anchorage, roadstead
room (n.) 2 place, seat
rope-trick (n.) [unclear meaning] possibly a malapropism of ‘rhetoric’ or ‘rope-rhetoric’ [i.e. bombastic rhetoric]
rough (adj.) 5 difficult to manage, not thoroughly trained
roundly (adv.) 1 plainly, to the point, straight out
roundly (adv.) 1 plainly, to the point, straight out
roundly (adv.) 1 plainly, to the point, straight out
roundly (adv.) 2 bluntly, outspokenly; or: fluently, glibly
rout (n.) 1 band, company, crowd
rudesby (n.) ruffian, piece of insolence, unmannerly fellow
ruffling (adj.) frilled, lace-adorned; also: embellishing, gay
rule (n.) 1 principle, order, regulation
rush-candle (n.) candle made of a rush dipped in tallow-wax [giving poor light]
sack (n.) [type of] white wine
sacred (adj.) 2 revered, respected [as if a holy thing]
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy
sadness, in / in good in earnest, seriously
safe (adj.) 5 safely out of the way
satisfy (v.) 1 provide with information, reassure, convince
saving (prep.) 1 with all respect to, without offence to
savour (n.) 1 scent, fragrance, smell
scape, 'scape (n.) 1 escape
scape, 'scape (v.) escape, avoid
school (v.) 2 instruct how to act, teach a part to
science (n.) 2 area of knowledge, field of learning
scold (n.) abusive woman, quarreller
score (n.) 1 reckoning, account, debt
score (v.) 1 mark up, chalk up, add to the tally
scrivener (n.) professional scribe, clerk, notary
sealed (adj.) certified, authenticated [through a wax seal]
sedge (n.) variety of grassy plant, rush
see (v.) 2 see to, manage, attend to
seen, well well-versed, with good qualifications
senseless (adj.) 3 lacking in sense, stupid, foolish
sensible (adj.) 1 sensitive, responsive, capable of feeling
sensible (adj.) 3 endowed with good sense, perceptive, responsible
serve (v.) 3 provide opportunity [to], be favourable [to], favour
serve in (v.) supply, provide, deal out
serve one's turn meet one's need, answer one's requirements
serviceable (adj.) 2 diligent, subservient, ready to do anything
sessa, sesey, sese (int.) [cry of encouragement used in hunting, fencing] be off, off you go
severally (adv.) separately, individually
sharp (adj.) 6 [falconry] famished, hungry, starving
sheathing (n.) being fitted with a sheath
sheer (adj.) 2 taken alone, unaccompanied by food
shift (n.) 3 stratagem, contriving, trick
shipping (n.) voyage, sailing, passage
shortness (n.) directness, straightforwardness, brevity
shoulder-shotten (adj.) with a dislocated shoulder
show (n.) 2 spectacle, display, ceremony
shrewd (adj.) 4 shrewish, bad-tempered, difficult
shrewd (adj.) 4 shrewish, bad-tempered, difficult
shrewd (adj.) 4 shrewish, bad-tempered, difficult
shrewd (adj.) 4 shrewish, bad-tempered, difficult
simple (adj.) 1 common, ordinary, average, humble
simple (adj.) 2 foolish, silly, stupid
since for (conj.) because of
sith (conj.) since
skill (v.) matter, make a difference, be of importance
skipper (n.) light-brain, frivolous wretch
slack (adj.) less attentive, remiss, lax
slender (adj.) slight, trifling, insignificant
slickly (adv.) smoothly, sleekly, neatly
slip (v.) 5 let go of, allow to leave, unleash
slow (adj.) 3 not readily moved, easy-going
sober (adj.) 4 subdued in colour, somber
softly (adv.) slowly, gently
solely (adv.) 2 alone, by oneself
solemn (adj.) 1 formal, ceremonious, stately
sol-fa (v.) sing a scale, make a tune
something (adv.) 1 somewhat, rather
something (adv.) 2 a little, to some extent
sooth (n.) 1 truth
sop (n.) piece of bread or cake steeped in liquid [before being eaten]
sort (n.) 3 way, manner
sort (v.) 6 turn out, fall out, come about
sound (v.) 3 cry out, declare, proclaim
spangle (v.) adorn brightly, add glitter to
spavin (n.) swelling of a horse's leg-joint
specialty (n.) 2 sealed contract, special agreement
speed (n.) 3 fate, lot, fortune
speed (v.) 1 meet with success, prosper, flourish
speed (v.) 2 fare, manage, get on
speed (v.) 4 deal with, bring to an end, defeat
speed (v.) 4 deal with, bring to an end, defeat
speeding (n.) 1 success, good fortune
spirit (n.) 1 disposition, temperament, frame of mind
spite (v.) irritate, mortify, vex
spleen (n.) 1 temper, spirit, passion [part of the body seen as the source of both gloomy and mirthful emotions]
spleen (n.) 5 impulse, caprice, whim
spoil (v.) 2 ruin, destroy, bring to an end
spoil (v.) 3 devastate, ravage, impoverish
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment
sportful (adj.) 2 playful, frolicsome, wanton
spruce (adj.) 1 brisk, lively, smart
staggers (n.) 1 horse disease marked by a staggering movement
stale (n.) 1 [falconry] decoy, lure, stalking-horse
stale (n.) 2 dupe, sap, laughing-stock
stand (v.) 1 be, appear
stand (v.) 2 continue, remain, wait, stay put
stand (v.) 9 act as, be, hold good as
stand (v.) 9 act as, be, hold good as
stand (v.) 14 withstand, endure, stand up to
stand for (v.) 5 be acceptable as, be valid as
state (n.) 1 condition, circumstances, situation, state of affairs
state (n.) 11 estate, property, wealth, means
stay (v.) 1 wait (for), await
stay (v.) 1 wait (for), await
stay (v.) 7 detain, confine, keep
stay (v.) 7 detain, confine, keep
stay (v.) 8 stop, prevent, end
stay (v.) 10 dissuade, stop, prevent
stay (v.) 13 stay away, delay, be absent
stead (v.) help, assist, benefit
steal (v.) hide furtively, conceal stealthily
step (n.) 2 action, movement, coming and going
step in (v.) move forward, go along
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually
stock (n.) 3 stocking
stock (n.) 4 senseless person, stupid individual
stoic (n.) pleasure-despiser, over-rigorous person
stomach (n.) 1 appetite, desire [for food]
stomach (n.) 1 appetite, desire [for food]
stomach (n.) 2 wish, inclination, desire
stomach (n.) 2 wish, inclination, desire
stomach (n.) 6 pride, obstinacy, stubbornness
stoop (v.) 2 [falconry] swoop, descend swiftly
store (n.) 1 abundance, plenty, surplus, quantity
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once
straight (adv.) straightaway, immediately, at once
strand, strond (n.) shore, land, region
strange (adj.) 1 remarkable, startling, abnormal, unnatural
strange (adj.) 7 aloof, distant, reserved
struck (adj.) 1 marked, provided, beset
stud (v.) adorn with studs, emboss
study (v.) 3 learn by heart, commit to memory
stuff (n.) 1 substance, composition, quality, essence
stuff (n.) 3 rubbish, nonsense
subscribe to (v.) 1 concur with, give assent to
sudden, of / on / upon a / the 1 suddenly
suffer (v.) 2 put up with, tolerate, do nothing about
suffice (v.) 2 satisfy, content, be enough [for]
sufficient (adj.) able, capable, competent
suits, in all in all respects
sup (v.) 3 give the last daily feed to
super-dainty (adj.) supremely excellent
suppose (n.) 1 supposition, belief, impression
supposed (adj.) 1 pretended, false, counterfeit
surely (adv.) certainly, doubtless, assuredly
swain (n.) 1 [contemptuous] rustic, yokel, fellow
swain (n.) 1 [contemptuous] rustic, yokel, fellow
sway (n.) 2 controlling influence, guiding power, direction
swayed (adj.) [of horses] strained, with a spinal depression
sweet (adj.) 1 perfumed, scented, fragrant
sweeting (n.) 1 sweetheart, darling, dearest
swift (adj.) quick-witted, sharp, ready
swinge (v.) beat, thrash, flog
take (v.) 1 strike, hit, catch
take (v.) 3 make use of, seize on
take on (v.) 1 behave, act; or: rage, rant
take upon (v.) 1 profess, pretend, affect [oneself]
tale (n.) 2 remark, statement, utterance
tale (n.) 3 false rumour, story, tittle-tattle
tall (adj.) 3 good, fine, capable
tarry (v.) 1 stay, remain, linger
tarry (v.) 1 stay, remain, linger
tarry (v.) 1 stay, remain, linger
temperate (adj.) 1 self-restrained, abstemious, gentle-natured
tender (v.) 5 look after, take care of
tent (n.) 2 fabric hung over and around a bed
thick (adj.) 4 foul, nasty, dirty
think (v.) 3 intend, mean, propose
think (v.) 4 expect, anticipate, look
think for (v.) imagine, expect, suppose
think on (v.) think better of, think twice about
thirdborough parish officer, town constable
thrall (v.) enslave, make captive
throat, lie in one's be an outrageous liar
throughly (adv.) thoroughly, fully, completely
tie (v.) 1 oblige, constrain, force
tight (adj.) 1 water-tight, seaworthy, shipshape
time (n.) 2 times, present day, present state of affairs
time (n.) 2 times, present day, present state of affairs
time, for the for the time being, at present
time, in good 4 indeed
touch (v.) 1 affect, concern, regard, relate to
touch (v.) 10 finger, sound, play on
toward (adj.) 1 docile, compliant, obliging
toward (adv.) impending, forthcoming, in preparation
toward (adv.) impending, forthcoming, in preparation
toy (n.) 4 piece of nonsense, foolish affair
toy (n.) 4 piece of nonsense, foolish affair
traffic (n.) 1 trade, commerce, business, merchandise
train (n.) 1 retinue, following, entourage
transmutation (n.) change of condition
trapped (adj.) adorn with trappings, deck out
trencher (n.) plate, platter, serving dish
trick (n.) 2 way, knack, skill
trick (n.) 6 bauble, trifle, whim
trim up, trim (v.) 1 decorate, array, deck out
trot (n.) old woman, hag
trow (v.) 1 know, guess, imagine
trow (v.) 2 think, expect, believe
true (adj.) 1 loyal, firm, faithful in allegiance
trunk (adj.) full, puffed, wide
trust (v.) 1 believe, accept, give credence to
try (v.) 1 prove, ascertain, find out
try (v.) 2 put to the test, test the goodness [of]
tumbling-trick (n.) acrobatic feat
turn (n.) 1 need, requirement, purpose [especially in the phrase ‘serve one's turn’ = meet one's need]
turn (n.) 1 need, requirement, purpose [especially in the phrase ‘serve one's turn’ = meet one's need]
turn (n.) 1 need, requirement, purpose [especially in the phrase ‘serve one's turn’ = meet one's need]
turn (n.) 1 need, requirement, purpose [especially in the phrase ‘serve one's turn’ = meet one's need]
turn (n.) 1 need, requirement, purpose [especially in the phrase ‘serve one's turn’ = meet one's need]
turtle (n.) turtle-dove, lover
twangling (adj.) twanging, resounding, jingling
twink (n.) twinkling, winking of an eye
unable (adj.) 1 weak, feeble, impotent
unapt (adj.) 2 unfit, not suited
uncase (v.) take off outer garments, undress
undertake (v.) 6 assume, take on, feign
undone (adj.) ruined, destroyed, brought down
undone (adj.) ruined, destroyed, brought down
undone (adj.) ruined, destroyed, brought down
unexperienced (adj.) in ignorance, lacking in knowledge
unhappy (adj.) 3 objectionable, harsh, bad-tempered
unkind (adj.) 1 hostile, cruel, harsh
unkindness (n.) 1 offence, ill-will, umbrage
unmannered (adj.) ill-mannered, rude, insolent
unpinked (adj.) unadorned, lacking ornamentation
unprovided (adj.) 3 unprepared, not properly dressed
unreverent (adj.) irreverent, disrespectful, unseemly
untoward (adj.) 1 stubborn, difficult, perverse
use (v.) 2 treat, deal with, manage
use (v.) 2 treat, deal with, manage
usurp (v.) 2 assume, take on, adopt
ut (n.) [musical scale] doh
vail (v.) 1 lower, bow down, cast down [as in submission]
valance (n.) drapery making up the border of a bed canopy
vantage (n.) 1 right moment, suitable opportunity
velure (n.) velvet
vent (v.) 1 utter, express, air, proclaim
very (adj.) 1 [intensifying] thorough-going, absolute
very (adj.) 1 [intensifying] thorough-going, absolute
very (adj.) 1 [intensifying] thorough-going, absolute
vie (v.) 2 [cards] raise the stakes, add to a total
villain (n.) 2 scoundrel, rogue, rascal
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without
wanton (adj.) 4 gay, lively, cheerful
wanton (v.) play, sport, frolic
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
watch (v.) 1 stay awake, keep vigil
watch (v.) 1 stay awake, keep vigil
watch (v.) 2 keep the watch, keep guard, be on the look-out
watch (v.) 3 be on the watch for, look out for
watch (v.) 6 [falconry, in taming a hawk] prevent from sleeping, keep awake
way (n.) 3 path, track, trail
ways, go thy / your 2 carry on, go ahead
ways, go thy / your 3 well done
ways, go thy / your 3 well done
wear (v.) 2 pass, waste, run out
welkin (n.) sky, firmament, heavens
well (adj.) fine, all right, satisfactory
wench (n.) girl, lass
wench (n.) girl, lass
wench (n.) girl, lass
wench (n.) girl, lass
wench (n.) girl, lass
wench (n.) girl, lass
wench (n.) girl, lass
whiles (n.) meantime, meanwhile
whoreson (adj.) [abusive intensifier, serious or jocular] bastard, wretched, vile
whoreson (adj.) [abusive intensifier, serious or jocular] bastard, wretched, vile
widowhood (n.) estate settled upon a widow, widow's rights
wind (v.) 2 sound, blow
windgall (n.) soft tumour on a horse's leg
wish (v.) 4 commend, recommend
wish (v.) 4 commend, recommend
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
withal (adv.) 2 nevertheless, notwithstanding
witless (adj.) stupid, foolish, crazy
witness, with a without a doubt, and no mistake
wits, also five wits faculties of the mind (common wit, imagination, fantasy, estimation, memory) or body (the five senses)
wonder (n.) 3 surprise, astonishment, amazement
wonder (n.) 4 miracle, prodigy, marvel
wonder (n.) 4 miracle, prodigy, marvel
wonderful (adj.) amazing, astonishing, extraordinary
wonderful (adv.) wonderfully, remarkably, incredibly
wondrous (adj.) unbelievable, bizarre, strange
woodcock (n.) type of game bird, thought to be easily tricked or snared; simpleton
workmanly (adv.) skilfully, with great artistry
world, it is a it's a marvel, it's a great thing
wrangling (adj.) quarrelsome, disputatious, argumentative
wrong (n.) 2 insult, offence, slight
yard (n.) 1 yard measure
yellow (n.) 2 (plural) jaundice [as found in horses]
young (adj.) 1 immature, inexperienced, raw
young (adj.) 2 in good condition, strong
youngling (n.) 1 stripling, youngster, beginner