rank (adj.) Old form(s): ranck, ranke
gross, outlandish, coarse
Ham II.i.20[Polonius to Reynaldo, of the type of rumours to spread about Laertes] none so rank / As may dishonour him
KL I.iv.199[Gonerill to Lear, of his retinue] breaking forth / In rank and not-to-be-endured riots
LC.307[] To blush at speeches rank
MM III.i.103[Isabella to Claudio, of Angelo's proposal] this rank offence [or: other senses]
Oth II.i.297[Iago alone, of Cassio] I'll ... / Abuse him to the Moor in the rank garb
TC I.iii.73[Agamemnon to Ulysses] When rank Thersites opes his mastic jaws [or: sense 2]
WT I.ii.277[Leontes to Camillo, of Hermione] My wife ... deserves a name / As rank as any flax-wench that puts to / Before her troth-plight
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