The Comedy of Errors


 
 
 
 
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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 Comedy of Errors

a (prep.) 4 variant form of ‘of’
above (adv.) 1 upstairs
accord (n.) 2 agreement, assent, consent
adjudge (v.) 1 sentence, condemn
admit (v.) 1 permit, allow, grant
adulterate (adj.) adulterous
adventure (n.) 1 venture, enterprise, issue, hazard
adverse (adj.) 3 hostile, belligerent, antagonistic
advise, avise (v.) 1 consider, take thought, reflect
afterward (adv.) afterwards
again (adv.) 1 in return, back [in response]
almanac (n.) calendar, register
amain (adv.) 1 in all haste, at full speed
anatomy (n.) 1 body, skeleton, skin and bones
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently
anon (adv.) 1 soon, shortly, presently
answer (v.) 7 pay, repay, requite
answer (v.) 7 pay, repay, requite
answer (v.) 7 pay, repay, requite
answer (v.) 10 live up to, correspond to, be equal to
apparel (v.) 1 clothe, dress up, trick out
apparently (adv.) blatantly, openly, flagrantly
approved (adj.) tested, tried, established, proven
aqua-vitae (n.) spirits, alcohol, strong drink, brandy
armado (n.) armada, fleet, navy
a-row (adv.) one after the other, in succession
aspect (n.) 1 [of a human face] look, appearance, expression
aspect (n.) 2 [of objects] sight, appearance
aspect (n.) 4 [astrology] influential phase, direction of alignment
assay (v.) 1 attempt, try, venture
assured (adj.) 2 betrothed, engaged
attach (v.) 1 arrest, seize, apprehend
attach (v.) 1 arrest, seize, apprehend
attach (v.) 1 arrest, seize, apprehend
attaint (n.) 1 disgrace, dishonour, corruption
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
attend (v.) 2 serve, follow, wait [on/upon]
attorney (n.) 1 substitute, deputy, agent
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing
aught (n.) anything, [with negative word] nothing
austerely (adv.) seriously, sternly, severely
avaunt (int.) begone, go away, be off
avoid (v.) 1 be off, be gone, go away
avoid (v.) 1 be off, be gone, go away
backfriend (n.) false friend, someone who gives a pat on the back in an apparently friendly way
bait (v.) 2 tempt, entice, lure
bald (adj.) 1 trivial, foolish, witless
balsamum (n.) balm, balsam, aromatic oil
band (n.) 2 bond, promissory note, legal deed requiring payment
band (n.) 2 bond, promissory note, legal deed requiring payment
band (n.) 6 neckband, collar, ruff
bark, barque (n.) ship, vessel
bark, barque (n.) ship, vessel
bark, barque (n.) ship, vessel
bark, barque (n.) ship, vessel
bark, barque (n.) ship, vessel
barren (adj.) 2 stupid, empty-headed, dull
barrenness (n.) area [of skin] worn dry and bare
bass viol, base viol (n.) stringed instrument resembling a cello
bastard (adj.) 1 illegitimate, spurious, unauthorized
bead (n.) 3 [plural] rosary beads
bear away (v.) leave, sail away
become (v.) 3 put a good front on, give a pleasing appearance to
befall (v.), past forms befallen, befell 2 happen to, come to
befall of (v.) become of, happen to
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems
belike (adv.) probably, presumably, perhaps, so it seems
bend (v.) 2 turn, direct one's steps, proceed
benefit (n.) 1 agency, help, means
benefit (n.) 3 profit, gain, return
bereave (v.) 1 take away [from], deprive, deny, rob
beseem (v.) befit, be fitting [for], be seemly [for]
beshrew, 'shrew (v.) 1 curse, devil take, evil befall
bespeak (v.), past forms bespake, bespoke 1 ask for, order, request
bespeak (v.), past forms bespake, bespoke 1 ask for, order, request
bespeak (v.), past forms bespake, bespoke 1 ask for, order, request
bespeak (v.), past forms bespake, bespoke 2 ask, request, entreat
bestow (v.) 6 stow away, dispose of
bestride (v.) 1 stand over, protect, safeguard
betray (v.) 3 give up, expose, lay open [especially: to punishment]
bide (v.) 3 remain, persist, continue in being
blame (adj.) blameworthy, culpable, guilty
bless (v.) 2 wound, hurt, beat; also: consecrate
blindness (n.) concealment, disguise, camouflage
blot (n.) stain, disgrace, blemish
board (n.) 1 table, mealtimes
bond (n.) 1 deed, contract, pledge
bondman (n.) bondsman, serf, slave
bondman (n.) bondsman, serf, slave
bondman (n.) bondsman, serf, slave
bound (n.) 1 limit, boundary, confine, barrier
bound (n.) 2 territory, region, domain
boy (n.) 1 fellow, rogue, wretch
branch (n.) division, section, part [of an argument]
break (v.) 1 speak, exchange
break (v.) 8 crack, split, beat
break (v.) 8 crack, split, beat
break (v.) 19 train, discipline, mould
breath (n.) 6 easy breathing, power to breathe
brow (n.) 4 forehead [often plural, referring to the two prominences of the forehead]
buff (n.) [of a uniform] stout ox-hide leather
buff (n.) [of a uniform] stout ox-hide leather
buffet (v.) 1 beat, strike, cuff
burden, burthen (n.) 3 birth, state of pregnancy
burden, burthen (v.) 2 charge, accuse, lay on
burn (v.) 3 suffer from venereal disease
but (adv.) 1 merely, only
buy and sell, past form bought and sold betray, exploit, treat treacherously
buy out (v.) 1 redeem, pay ransom to / for
capon (n.) 2 castrated cockerel; so: fool, dolt [as term of abuse]
carbuncle (n.) 1 fiery red precious stone
carcanet (n.) jewelled necklace
care (n.) 1 attentiveness, heedfulness, diligence
care (n.) 4 anxiety, worry, solicitude [about]
careful (adj.) 1 anxious, concerned, worried
careful (adj.) 1 anxious, concerned, worried
carrack, carack (n.) galleon, large merchant ship, also fitted out for war
carriage (n.) 1 bearing, demeanour, manner of behaviour
case (n.) 6 suit, overall, outer garment
case (v.) 1 cover, protect, enclose
case, on the [legal] in relation to this particular case
cates (n.) 2 provisions, food, victuals
cause (n.) 1 reason, motive, ground
certes (adv.) certainly, assuredly, without doubt
chance (v.) 1 happen [to], transpire, come about
charge (n.) 3 task, responsibility, duty
charge (n.) 3 task, responsibility, duty
charge (n.) 3 task, responsibility, duty
charge (n.) 7 expense, cost, outlay
charge (n.) 8 money entrusted, valuables
charge (v.) 3 entrust, commission, delegate
chargeful (adj.) costly, expensive, lavish
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
choleric (adj.) 2 irritable, angry, enraged
choleric (adj.) 2 irritable, angry, enraged
churl (n.) 1 peasant, serf, rustic
circumstance (n.) 3 special argument, detailed explanation
coast (v.) 1 travel along the coast
coil (n.) turmoil, disturbance, fuss
coldly (adv.) 1 calmly, coolly, objectively, rationally
commend (v.) 2 commit, entrust, hand over
commend (v.) 2 commit, entrust, hand over
common (n.) 6 public property, common land, open pasture
communicate (v.) share [in], partake [of], participate [in]
compact (adj.) 2 made up, composed
compact (n.) agreement, contract, covenant
companion (n.) 1 rogue, rascal, fellow
compass (n.) 1 range, reach, limit, scope
compass (v.) 5 embrace, enfold
complexion (n.) 1 appearance, look, colouring
computation (n.) working out, reasoning, cogitation
conceit (n.) 2 imagining, brooding, fanciful thinking
conceit (n.) 3 understanding, intelligence, apprehension
conduit (n.) 1 channel, passage, vein
conference (n.) 1 conversation, talk, discourse
confound (v.) 7 mix up, become indistinguishable
confusion (n.) 1 destruction, overthrow, ruin
conjure (v.) 1 ask solemnly, entreat earnestly, beseech
conjure (v.) 1 ask solemnly, entreat earnestly, beseech
conjure (v.) 1 ask solemnly, entreat earnestly, beseech
conjure (v.) 4 engage in magic, cast spells, invoke supernatural aid
conjuror, conjurer (n.) exorcist, sorcerer, raiser of spirits
conjuror, conjurer (n.) exorcist, sorcerer, raiser of spirits
conjuror, conjurer (n.) exorcist, sorcerer, raiser of spirits
consort (v.) accompany, attend, go with
contagion (n.) 1 contagious quality, infecting influence
content (n.) 1 pleasure, satisfaction, happiness
contrary (n.) 4 lie, fabrication, false assertion
copy (n.) 2 theme, subject, topic
counter, compter (n.) 4 [a term from hunting] taking an opposite path to the prey
counterfeit (v.) 2 pretend, feign, make believe
countermand (v.) 2 prohibit, forbid, prevent
course (n.) 1 course of action, way of proceeding
course (n.) 4 gist, scope, tenor
courtesan, courtezan (n.) prostitute, strumpet
coxcomb (n.) 2 fool's head, fool, simpleton
cozenage (n.) cheating, trickery, deception
crave (v.) 1 beg, entreat, request
credit (n.) 2 trust, faith, belief
creek (n.) winding pathway, narrow lane
crime (n.) 1 sin, offence, wrong-doing
cross (n.) 4 crossness; also: sign of the cross
crow (n.) 1 crowbar
crow (n.) 1 crowbar
crow, pluck a settle the quarrel, clear up the matter
crupper (n.) leather saddle-strap on a horse
cuckold-mad (adj.) mad through being a cuckold
curtal (adj.) with a docked tail; common, household
dainty (n.) 3 delicacy, choice foodstuff
dalliance (n.) 2 idle talk, fooling about, waste of time
dalliance (n.) 2 idle talk, fooling about, waste of time
dankish (adj.) dank, damp, humid
date (n.) 6 age
deadly (adj.) deathly, death-like
dearly (adv.) 1 keenly, deeply, intensely
debted (adj.) in debt, indebted, obligated
decayed (adj.) ruined, destitute, impoverished
decipher (v.) 1 distinguish, make out
decline (v.) 1 incline, lean, bend
decline (v.) 1 incline, lean, bend
default (n.) 2 offence, fault, misdeed
defeature (n.) disfigurement, defacement, loss of beauty
defeature (n.) disfigurement, defacement, loss of beauty
deformed (adj.) deforming, disfiguring; or: deformed, disfigured
deliver (v.) 1 report [to], communicate [to], tell, describe
deliver (v.) 6 be born, bring forth
demean (v.) behave, conduct, comport [oneself]
demean (v.) behave, conduct, comport [oneself]
deny (v.) 3 disallow, forbid, refuse permission [for]
deny (v.) 4 disown, disavow, renounce
desert, desart (n.) 4 cause, deserving, warrant
desperately (adv.) 1 recklessly, disregarding all risks
despite of, in (prep.) in spite of
despite, in 1 in spite of [one], as opposed to [one]
detain (v.) keep back, withhold, retain
determine (v.) 1 make a decision [about], reach a conclusion [about]
device (n.) 1 plot, stratagem, trick
dial (n.) watch, timepiece, pocket sundial
dignity (n.) 2 official position, high office, rule
dilate (v.) 1 relate, describe, enlarge upon
disannul (v.) 1 annul, abolish, cancel
discharge (v.) 8 pay, reimburse, settle with
discharge (v.) 8 pay, reimburse, settle with
discourse (n.) 1 conversation, talk, chat
discourse (n.) 1 conversation, talk, chat
discourse (n.) 1 conversation, talk, chat
discourse (n.) 1 conversation, talk, chat
discourse (v.) 2 relate, talk about, recount
discover (v.) 1 reveal, show, make known
discover (v.) 5 spy, spot, make out
disparagement (n.) disgrace, dishonour, discredit
dispatch, despatch (v.) 4 hurry up, be quick
dispense with (v.) 1 disregard, pardon, put up with
displeasure (n.) 1 injury, wrong, hurt
displeasure (n.) 1 injury, wrong, hurt
dispose (n.) 1 disposal, control, discretion
dispose (v.) 1 place, distribute, organize
dissembling (adj.) deceitful, hypocritical, false
dissembling (adj.) deceitful, hypocritical, false
distemperature (n.) 1 ailment, disorder, malady
distract (adj.) 1 deranged, mad, mentally disturbed
distracted (adj.) 1 perplexed, confused, agitated
diviner (n.) witch, sorceress, magician
doom (n.) 1 judgement, sentence, decision
dote (v.) become deranged, behave foolishly
dote (v.) become deranged, behave foolishly
doting (adj.) foolish, stupid, weak-minded
doubtful (adj.) 2 dreadful, awful, frightful
doubtfully (adv.) 1 ambiguously, hesitatingly, indistinctly
doubtfully (adv.) 2 dreadfully, awfully, fearfully
Dowsabel (n.) sweetheart, lady-love
draw (v.) 18 [hunting] follow prey by the scent
draw cuts draw straws, cast lots
drift (n.) 2 direction, progress, course
dry (adj.) 4 severe, hard, harsh
dryfoot, dry-foot (adv.) [hunting] by following the scent of the feet
dull (adj.) 5 insensitive, incapable of sensation
durance (n.) 2 durability, lasting nature; also: type of strong durable cloth
earnest (adj.) genuine, real, serious
earthy (adj.) 4 coarse, unrefined, gross
ecstasy (n.) 1 fit, bout of madness, frenzied behaviour
eldest (adj.) oldest, longest
ell (n.) measure of length [45 inches / c.114 cm in England]
else (adv.) 1 otherwise
else (adv.) 2 elsewhere, in another direction
embracement (n.) embrace, clasping, hug
enamelled (adj.) brightly coloured, multi-coloured, kaleidoscopic
engage (v.) 1 pledge, give the guarantee of
ensconce, insconce (v.) 1 protect, conceal, shelter
entertain (v.) 1 receive, admit, let in
entertain (v.) 10 accept as true, allow, accommodate
ergo (adv.) therefore
estimation (n.) 1 esteem, respect, reputation
everlasting (adj.) made of the durable material of an arresting officer's uniform
exceeding (adv.) exceedingly, extremely, very
exceeding (adv.) exceedingly, extremely, very
excrement (n.) outgrowth [of hair]
excuse (v.) 1 explain, give reasons [for]
exempt (adj.) removed, cut off, excluded, debarred
extremity (n.) 1 utmost degree, greatest amount
extremity (n.) 3 utmost severity, extreme intensity, hardship
face down (v.) confront with impudence, persist in contradicting
factor (n.) agent, representative, broker
fain (adv.) gladly, willingly
fair (adv.) 1 kindly, encouragingly, courteously
fair (adv.) 1 kindly, encouragingly, courteously
fair (n.) 1 fair face, beauty
fairy (n.) 2 malignant spirit [as well as its modern sense]
fall (v.) 1 drop, descend, let fall
fallacy (n.) delusion, misconception, error
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious
false (adj.) 1 treacherous, traitorous, perfidious
false (adj.) 2 disloyal, faithless, inconstant, unfaithful
false (adj.) 3 sham, spurious, not genuine, artificial
false (adj.) 4 wrong, mistaken
false (adj.) 4 wrong, mistaken
false (adv.) 1 slanderously, faithlessly, with such calumny
false (adv.) 1 slanderously, faithlessly, with such calumny
falsing (adj.) deceptive, playing false
fame (n.) 1 reputation, renown, character
fare ... well
fashion (n.) 2 conventional behaviour, conformity, customary use
fashion (n.) 5 workmanship, craftsmanship, execution
fearful (adj.) 1 timid, timorous, frightened, full of fear
fellow (n.) 2 counterpart, match, equal
find forth (v.) seek out, encounter, meet with
fine (n.) 5 [legal] fee, contracted amount
fine (n.) 6 [legal] agreement to transfer land possession
fisher (n.) fisherman
fit (adj.) 1 suited, fitting, appropriate
flout (v.) insult, abuse, mock
flout (v.) insult, abuse, mock
flout (v.) insult, abuse, mock
folded (adj.) hidden, veiled, concealed
fond (adj.) 7 credulous, naive, gullible
fondly (adv.) foolishly, stupidly, madly
fool-begged (adj.) foolish, idiotic, silly
for (prep.) 4 in return for
forbear (v.) 3 control oneself, have patience [for]
formal (adj.) 1 normal, sane, rational
forsooth (adv.) in truth, certainly, truly, indeed
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 1 swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 1 swear falsely, perjure [oneself], break one's word
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 3 deny, repudiate, refuse to admit
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 3 deny, repudiate, refuse to admit
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 3 deny, repudiate, refuse to admit
forswear (v), past forms forsworn, forswore 3 deny, repudiate, refuse to admit
forth (adv.) 1 away from home, out
fraughtage (n.) luggage, freight, cargo
fright (v.), past form frighted frighten, scare, terrify
frighted (adj.) frightened, terrified, scared
furnish (v.) 1 provide, supply, possess
genius (n.) 4 alter ego, second self
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind
gentle (adj.) 2 courteous, friendly, kind
gentlewoman (n.) woman of good breeding, well-born lady
get within (v.) [fencing] get inside the guard of, get within the defences of
glance at (v.) 1 allude to, refer to, mention in passing
glass (n.) 1 mirror, looking-glass
good (adj.) 6 seasonable, appropriate, proper
gossip (n.) 1 godparent, baptismal sponsor
gossip (v.) 1 be a close companion, talk together
gossiping (n.) merry-making, joyful meeting
grace (n.) 1 honour, favour, recognition, respect
grain, in inherent, ingrained, indelible
grained (adj.) 2 furrowed, lined, wrinkled
gravity (n.) 1 respectability, authority, dignified position
grieve (v.) vex, hurt, trouble
gross (adj.) 9 dull, obtuse, ignorant
grossly (adv.) 1 openly, blatantly, brazenly
ground (n.) 1 reason, cause, source
grow (v.) 1 arise, come into existence
grow (v.) 1 arise, come into existence
grow (v.) 1 arise, come into existence
guard (n.) 1 protection, keeping, custody
gulf (n.) 1 whirlpool
habit (n.) 1 dress, clothing, costume
habit (n.) 3 behaviour, bearing, demeanour
hap (n.) 1 fortune, lot, fate
hap (n.) 2 luck, chance, accident
hapless (adj.) luckless, unfortunate, unlucky
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck
haply (adv.) perhaps, maybe, by chance, with luck
harbinger (n.) forerunner, herald, precursor
harbour (v.) lodge, stay, shelter
harlot (n.) prostitute, whore
harm (n.) 2 misfortune, affliction, trouble
hatch (n.) 2 lower part of a door, half-door, gate
have done put an end to, stop
heady-rash (adj.) hasty-headed, full of reckless thoughts
health (n.) 4 well-being, deliverance
healthful (adj.) healthy, wholesome, fit [in health]
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy
heavy (adj.) 1 sorrowful, sad, gloomy
heels, take my take to my heels, run away
help (n.) treatment, cure, relief
helpless (adj.) unavailing, useless, unprofitable
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed
hie (v.) hasten, hurry, speed
hind (n.) 1 boor, fellow, rustic, peasant
holy (adj.) 2 of holiness; also: full of holes
home (adv.) 5 directly, forthwith, right away
homely (adj.) 2 plain-looking, unattractive, ugly
hopeless (adj.) 1 despairing, without hope
horn-mad (adj.) [as of horned beasts] furious, enraged, raving mad
host (n.) 2 inn, lodging, place of shelter
host (v.) lodge, stay, put up
hot (adj.) 1 hot-tempered, angry, passionate
hour (n.) 3 (plural) fixed time, timetable
house (v.) pursue into a house, drive into a house
house (v.) pursue into a house, drive into a house
hoy (n.) small coastal vessel
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.) 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 (v.) like the mood of, find enjoyable, indulge
idle (adj.) 1 useless, barren, worthless
idle (adj.) 2 mad, crazy, lunatic
idly (adv.) 1 foolishly, crazily, frivolously
ill (adj.) 1 bad, adverse, unfavourable
ill (adj.) 1 bad, adverse, unfavourable
ill (adj.) 2 evil, wicked, immoral
ill (adj.) 2 evil, wicked, immoral
ill (adv.) 1 badly, adversely, unfavourably
ill (adv.) 1 badly, adversely, unfavourably
impeach (n.) 1 charge, accusation, indictment
impeach (v.) 1 accuse, charge, challenge
important (adj.) urgent, pressing, demanding, importunate
importune (v.) 1 urge, press
importune (v.) 1 urge, press
importune (v.) 2 beg [for], ask persistently [for]
incorporate (adj.) united in one body, combined in one entity
indued, endued (adj.) endowed, supplied [with appropriate qualities]
inquisitive (adj.) eager for information, seeking knowledge
inquisitive (adj.) eager for information, seeking knowledge
inspiration (n.) supernatural power, inspired means
instance (n.) 1 sign, evidence, proof
intestine (adj.) internal, civil, domestic
intrusion (n.) breaking in, forced entry
intrusion (n.) breaking in, forced entry
ireful (adj.) wrathful, angry, furious
jar (n.) 1 conflict, quarrel, dissension
jest upon (v.) mock, scoff at, trifle with
jewel (n.) 1 fine ornament, costly adornment
jollity (n.) sexual pleasure, carnal enjoyment
juggler (n.) 1 sorcerer, conjuror, magician
just (adv.) 1 exactly, precisely
keep (v.) 4 keep up, maintain, carry on
keep fair quarter with play fair over, behave honourably over, have a proper regard to
kind (adj.) 2 loving, affectionate, fond
kitchen (v.) entertain in the kitchen
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue
knave (n.) 1 scoundrel, rascal, rogue
know (v.) 6 unravel, get to understand
lamp (n.) eye
land (n.) 1 tract of land, plot
large, at 1 at length, in full, thoroughly
large, at 1 at length, in full, thoroughly
lash (v.) scourge, punish, flog
latter-born (n.) second-born, younger [twin]
league (n.) 2 [measure of distance] c.3 miles [c.5 km]
league (n.) 2 [measure of distance] c.3 miles [c.5 km]
lean (adj.) 1 slight, mean, poor
leave (v.) 2 abandon, forsake, relinquish
leisure (n.) opportunity, moment, available time
let (v.) 1 hinder, prevent, stand in the way
liberty (n.) 1 unrestrained act, improper licence, reckless freedom
light (adj.) 1 promiscuous, licentious, immoral, wanton
light (adj.) 1 promiscuous, licentious, immoral, wanton
lightly (adv.) 1 readily, easily
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal
like (adj.) 1 same, similar, alike, equal
like (adv.) 3 equally, similarly, also
like (v.) 2 love
limbo (n.) prison, confinement, incarceration
limit (v.) appoint, specify, fix the limit of
lock forth (v.) lock out, lock the door against
look when (conj.) whenever, as soon as
lose oneself (v.) roam about, wander around
lour, lower (v.) frown, scowl, look dark and threatening
love-springs (n.) young shoots of love, youthful growth of love
mace (n.) staff of office, official sceptre
mad (v.) 1 madden, exasperate, infuriate
mad (v.) 1 madden, exasperate, infuriate
make (v.) 15 make fast, shut, close
making (n.) physical appearance, bodily form, build
malthorse, malt-horse (n./adj.) heavy brewer's horse; so: drudge, idiot
manner (n.) 3 (plural) ways of life, social conditions
mark (n.) 6 birthmark, discolouration, blemish
mark (n.) 8
mark (n.) 8
mark (n.) 8
mark (n.) 8
mark (n.) 8
mark (v.) 1 note, pay attention [to], take notice [of]
mart (n.) 1 market
mart (n.) 1 market
mart (n.) 1 market
mart (n.) 1 market
mart (n.) 1 market
mart (n.) 1 market
mart (n.) 1 market
mart (n.) 1 market
mart (n.) 1 market
mart (n.) 1 market
marvellous (adv.) very, extremely, exceedingly
mated (adj.) bewildered, confused
mated (adj.) bewildered, confused
matter (n.) 1 subject-matter, content, substance
maw (n.) belly, stomach; throat, gullet
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor
mean (adj.) 2 lowly, humble, poor
mean (n.) 1 means, way, method
meanly, not not a little, in no small degree
mend (v.) 1 amend, improve, make better, put right
mend (v.) 4 supplement, augment
mere (adj.) 1 complete, total, absolute, utter
mermaid (n.) siren
mermaid (n.) siren
merry (adj.) 4 [of winds] favourable, helpful, advantageous
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
mickle (adj.) great, much, large
minion (n.) 1 darling, favourite, select one
minion (n.) 2 hussy, jade, minx
minion (n.) 2 hussy, jade, minx
minion (n.) 2 hussy, jade, minx
mishap (n.) evil, misfortune, calamity
mist (n.) confused state, state of uncertainty
mome (n.) blockhead, fool, dolt
mood (n.) 1 anger, fury, frenzy, fit of temper
more (adj.) 1 greater
morris-pike (n.) type of pike [thought to be of Moorish origin]
motion (n.) 5 urging, prompting, encouragement
motion (n.) 8 orbit, rhythm of movement
mountebank (n.) itinerant quack, travelling drug-seller, charlatan
mountebank (n.) itinerant quack, travelling drug-seller, charlatan
move (v.) 4 appeal to, urge, exhort
muffle (v.) hide, conceal, camouflage
new-apparelled (adj.) in a change of clothing
niggard (n.) miser, mean person, skinflint
note (n.) 11 melody, tune, music, song
offend (v.) 3 assail, attack, fall upon
offer (v.) 1 attempt, start, try, make a move
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility
office (n.) 1 task, service, duty, responsibility
office (n.) 2 role, position, place, function
oft (adv.) often
oft (adv.) often
on (prep.) 2 at
ope (adj.) open
open (adj.) 1 public, exposed to general view
orator (n.) advocate, spokesman, champion
order, take make arrangements
otherwhere (adv.) elsewhere, somewhere else
otherwhere (adv.) elsewhere, somewhere else
outrage (n.) 1 violence, hostility, fury
overreach, over-reach (v.), past form overraught 1 outwit, outdo, cheat
overshoes, over-shoes (adv.) deep enough to cover the shoes
owe (v.) 1 own, possess, have
pack (n.) 1 gang, group, circle, confederacy
pack (v.) 1 take [oneself] off, be off, depart
packed (adj.) in league, acting as an accomplice
pale (n.) 1 fence, paling, enclosure
parcel (n.) 1 part, piece, portion, bit
part (v.) 1 depart [from], leave, quit
part (v.) 1 depart [from], leave, quit
partial (adj.) 1 disposed, minded, inclined
pass (n.) 7 predicament, juncture, critical point
passage (n.) 5 traffic, passing to and fro, movement of people
passage (n.) 5 traffic, passing to and fro, movement of people
passion (n.) 2 emotional state, mental condition
passion (n.) 4 fit of anger, feeling of rage
patch (n.) fool, clown; rogue, knave
patch (n.) fool, clown; rogue, knave
pate (n.) head, skull
pause (v.) delay, take time to consider
peasant (n.) servant, fellow, rascal
peasant (n.) servant, fellow, rascal
peevish (adj.) 1 silly, foolish; or: headstrong, impulsive
peevish (adj.) 1 silly, foolish; or: headstrong, impulsive
penitent (adj.) 1 undergoing penance
perchance (adv.) 1 perhaps, maybe
perchance (adv.) 1 perhaps, maybe
perforce (adv.) 1 forcibly, by force, violently
perforce (adv.) 1 forcibly, by force, violently
periwig (n.) wig
persever (v.) 1 persevere, persist, keep at it
peruse (v.) 2 reconnoitre, scout out, survey
picture (n.) 2 likeness, image, imitation
plain (adj.) 1 honest, open, free from deceit
plaining (n.) 2 wailing, crying
please (v.) requite, satisfy, appease
Poland (adj.) Polish
porridge (n.) meat and vegetable stew or broth [reputed to produce strength]
possess (v.) 4 take possession of, seize
possessed (adj.) 1 mad, crazy, under demonic control
post (n.) 3 door-post
post (v.) 1 hasten, speed, ride fast
post, in in haste, at top speed
power (n.) 5 exercise of power, authoritative action
power (n.) 7 control, influence, sway
prank (n.) 3 trick, frolic, mischief
prate (v.) prattle, chatter, blather
prating (adj.) prattling, chattering, blathering
prating (adj.) prattling, chattering, blathering
presence (n.) 5 appearance, bearing, demeanour
present (adj.) 1 immediate, instant
present (adj.) 2 pressing, urgent
present (adj.) 5 ready, available, immediately accessible
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once
presently (adv.) 1 immediately, instantly, at once
press down (v.) overburden, weigh down, oppress
privy 4 secret, personal, private
procrastinate (v.) postpone, defer, put off
prodigal (n.) 2 [Biblical reference] prodigal son
puddled (adj.) muddily stirred up, filthy, foul
purpose (n.) 1 intention, aim, plan
quick (n.) 1 sensitive parts [of the body], tender flesh
quit (v.) 2 remit, release from
quoth (v.) said
quoth (v.) said
quoth (v.) said
rag (n.) 2 smallest bit, scrap, farthing
rage (n.) 4 madness, insanity, derangement
rage (n.) 4 madness, insanity, derangement
rage (n.) 4 madness, insanity, derangement
rail (v.) rant, rave, be abusive [about]
railing (n.) abuse, insulting speech, vilification
random, at untended, neglected, uncared for
reason (v.) 1 talk, speak, converse
reave (v.), past form reft rob, deprive
reave (v.), past form reft rob, deprive
recall (v.) revoke, annul, nullify
recover (v.) 5 get back; also: cover again
recovery (n.) 2 [legal] procedure for transferring property into full ownership
redeem (v.) 2 ransom
redemption (n.) 2 ransom, means of release [from debt]
reproof (n.) 3 shame, disgrace, reproach
rescue (n.) 1 [legal] forced removal from custody
respect (v.) 2 bear in mind, consider
respice... think of your end
restraint (n.) 2 prohibition, exclusion, keeping out
return (v.) 1 answer, report, say in reply [to]
reverend (adj.) revered, worthy, respected
reverend (adj.) revered, worthy, respected
reverend (adj.) revered, worthy, respected
reverted (adj.) revolted, in rebellion, mutinied
rheum (n.) 2 watery discharge, seepage [especially of the eyes]
ride (v.), past forms rid, ridden 1 control, dominate, tyrannize
right (adv.) 2 just, precisely
right (n.) 1 just claim, rights, title
road (n.) 1 harbour, anchorage, roadstead
round (adj.) 1 blunt, forthright, straight, plain-spoken
rout (n.) 2 rabble, mob, disorderly crowd
rude (adj.) 1 violent, harsh, unkind
rush (n.) 1 reed
sacred (adj.) 2 revered, respected [as if a holy thing]
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn
sad (adj.) 1 serious, grave, solemn
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy
sad (adj.) 3 downcast, distressed, mournful, gloomy
saffron (adj.) orange-red in colour
salt (adj.) 4 [of a cold] bitter, intense, heavy
salute (v.) 1 greet, welcome, address
satisfaction (n.) 3 payment [of a debt]
saving (prep.) 3 with respect to
scan (v.) 1 examine, carefully consider
scandal (n.) 1 shame, discredit, disgrace
scant (v.) 3 give out sparingly, curtail, withhold [from]
scarce (adv.) 1 scarcely, hardly, barely, only just
sconce (n.) 1 [jocular] head, pate, bonce
sconce (n.) 1 [jocular] head, pate, bonce
sconce (n.) 2 shelter, screen, guard
scorch (v.) slash with a knife, gash
scorn (n.) 2 object of scorn, target of mockery
scorn (v.) 1 mock, jeer, express disdain [at]
scour (v.) 2 beat, punish, scourge
seal (v.) 2 accomplish, carry out, fulfil
season (n.) 2 opportunity, favourable moment
season, out of (adj./adv.) 1 inopportune, inappropriate, ill-timed
season, out of (adj./adv.) 2 inopportunely, inappropriately, inconveniently
secret-false (adj.) secretly disloyal, covertly inconstant
seditious (adj.) turbulent, tempestuous, violent
self (adj.) same, selfsame, identical, exact
semblance (n.) 1 appearance, outward show
sensible (adj.) 1 sensitive, responsive, capable of feeling
sere (adj.) dried up, withered, parched
sergeant (n.) 1 sheriff's officer, enforcer, arresting officer
sergeant (n.) 1 sheriff's officer, enforcer, arresting officer
serve (v.) 1 provide, supply, furnish
set up one's rest (n.) [in primero] venture one's final stake, stake all
shapeless (adj.) 1 unshapely, ugly, unsightly
sharp (adj.) 2 angry, irritable, irascible
sharp (adj.) 4 witty, sharp-witted, discerning
sharp-looking (adj.) hungry-looking
shift (n.) 3 stratagem, contriving, trick
shift (v.) 2 escape, flee, slip [away]
ship-wracked, -wrackt (adj.) ship-wrecked
shoulder-clapper (n.) someone who claps you on the shoulder, arresting officer
shrew (n.) vexatious person, troubleseome individual [of either sex]
shrive (v.) hear confession, grant absolution, forgive
simple (adj.) 2 foolish, silly, stupid
sinking-ripe (adj.) ready to sink
sir-reverence (n.) save your reverence
slander (n.) 1 dishonour, disgrace, disrepute
slave (n.) 1 fellow, rascal, rogue, villain
slave (n.) 1 fellow, rascal, rogue, villain
slave (n.) 1 fellow, rascal, rogue, villain
slug (n.) sluggard, lazy fellow
sob (n.) respite, rest, breather [given to a horse]
soothe (v.) 1 humour, encourage, indulge
sorry (adj.) 1 sorrowful, painful, sad, pitiable
sot (n.) blockhead, idiot, dolt
sovereign (adj.) 1 excellent, excelling, superlative
spite (n.) 1 annoyance, vexation, irritation
spite of spite whatever happens, come what may
spoil (v.) 2 ruin, destroy, bring to an end
spoonmeat, spoon-meat (n.) soft food served on a spoon
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment
sport (n.) 1 recreation, amusement, entertainment
sport (n.) 4 subject of sport
spread (v.) 2 lay the table
sprite, spright (n.) 1 spirit, ghost, supernatural being
spurn (v.) 2 kick, strike, stamp [on], dash
spurn against / at (v.) kick out at, treat with contempt
staff, set in one's make oneself at home, take up abode
stale (n.) 2 dupe, sap, laughing-stock
stand (v.) 5 make a stand, be resolute [on a point]
stand on (v.) 2 practise, give (oneself) over to
stand upon (v.) 3 concern, be of importance to
start (v.) 4 fly off, move off
starve (v.) 1 die, perish
state (n.) 1 condition, circumstances, situation, state of affairs
stay (v.) 1 wait (for), await
stay (v.) 2 linger, tarry, delay
stay (v.) 2 linger, tarry, delay
stay on / upon (v.) wait for, await
stigmatical (adj.) deformed, disfigured, ugly
still (adj.) 1 silent, quiet
still (adj.) 1 silent, quiet
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
still (adv.) 1 constantly, always, continually
stirring (adj.) busy, bustling, active
stomach (n.) 1 appetite, desire [for food]
stop (v.) 2 stop up, close (up), shut
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
strange (adv.) without recognition, as if a stranger
stranger (n.) foreigner, alien, outsider
stray (v.) lead astray, distract, cause to wander
stream (n.) current, flow, drift
strumpet (n.) harlot, prostitute, whore
strumpet (v.) make a whore, pervert, debauch
stuff (n.) 6 baggage, belongings, luggage
stuff (n.) 6 baggage, belongings, luggage
stuff (n.) 6 baggage, belongings, luggage
suborn (v.) bribe, corrupt, persuade [someone] to commit perjury
substance (n.) 2 property, wealth, possessions, treasure
succession (n.) 1 transmission, being passed on
suffer (v.) 1 allow, permit, let
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition
suit (n.) 1 formal request, entreaty, petition
suit (n.) 2 wooing, courtship
suit (n.) 4 clothing, dress, garb
suit (n.) 4 clothing, dress, garb
sunder, in asunder, apart, into pieces
supping (n.) taking supper
suppose (v.) 3 presume to be true, believe to be a fact
supposition (n.) 1 notion, opinion, belief
sure (adj.) 1 certain, definite, reliable
suspect (n.) suspicion, mistrust, doubt
swart, swarth (adj.) swarthy, dusky, of dark complexion
swear down (v.) reduce to silence by swearing, put down by swearing
sweet-faced (adj.) good-looking, handsome
sympathized (adj.) 1 in which all have shared, consisting of corresponding elements
synod (n.) assembly, council, gathering
taint (v.) 1 sully, infect, stain
take (v.) 18 overtake, encounter, meet up with
take (v.) 21 take refuge in, go into, enter [for safety]
take (v.) 21 take refuge in, go into, enter [for safety]
take on (v.) 2 assume a role, carry on
tallow (n.) fat
tarry (v.) 1 stay, remain, linger
teeth, in the to my face, in direct opposition
tell (v.) 4 communicate, make known
tender (v.) 1 offer, give, present
tender (v.) 2 feel concern for, hold dear, care for
theft (n.) thief, robber
theme (n.) 1 subject, subject-matter, topic of discourse
thin (adj.) 1 flimsy, threadbare, insufficient
this (adv.) in this way, thus, like this
tilt (v.) joust, fight [with lances], thrust
time (n.) 7 circumstance, particular occasion
time (n.) 8 right moment, favourable opportunity
time enough in time, soon enough
time, in good 1 at the right moment
timely (adj.) early, premature
tiring (n.) hair-dressing
token (n.) 1 sign, evidence, mark
too (adv.) 2 very
touch (v.) 6 test the quality [of], put to the test
touch (v.) 9 stain, taint, infect
traffic (n.) 1 trade, commerce, business, merchandise
train (v.) 1 lure, entice, decoy
transform (v.) change in form, metamorphose
travail, travel (n.) 2 journeying, travel [often overlapping with sense 1]
travail, travel (n.) 4 suffering, torment, distress
trim (n.) 4 readiness to sail, full preparedness
trow (v.) 4 hope, trust, suppose
truant (v.) play truant, be unfaithful
try (v.) 1 prove, ascertain, find out
turn (v.) 8 spin round, whirl about, go round and round
uncertainty (n.) mystery, puzzle, enigma
understand (v.) 1 stand under the force of [with pun on ‘comprehend’]
understand (v.) 1 stand under the force of [with pun on ‘comprehend’]
undisposed (adj.) not in the mood, indisposed
ungalled (adj.) uninjured, unharmed, unhurt
ungentle (adj.) 4 unchivalrous, ungentlemanly
unhappy (adj.) 1 unlucky, unfortunate, ill-fated
unseen (adj.) unknown, unnoticed, unobserved
unsought (adj.) unsearched, uninvestigated
urge (v.) 6 provoke, incite, impel
urging (n.) pressing on the attention, bringing forward
utmost (adj.) last, final
vain (adj.) 1 foolish, silly, stupid
vain (n.) deceptive, false, idle [in using words]
vapour (n.) 2 mist, cloud, fog
vein (n.) 1 state of mind, motive, mood
vein (n.) 1 state of mind, motive, mood
venom (adj.) venomous, poisonous, spiteful
vestal (n.) woman vowed to chastity, virgin, priestess
villain (n.) 1 serf, servant, bondman
villain (n.) 2 scoundrel, rogue, rascal
vouchsafe (v.) 1 allow, permit, grant
vulgar (adj.) 1 public, general, common
waft (v.) 1 beckon, wave [at], signal
waftage (n.) passage, conveyance by water
want (n.) 1 lack, shortage, dearth
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without
want (v.) 1 lack, need, be without
want (v.) 4 require, demand, need
want (v.) 4 require, demand, need
warrant (n.) 1 assurance, pledge, guarantee
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
warrant (v.) 1 assure, promise, guarantee, confirm
warrant (v.) 3 act as a pledge for, give an assurance about
waste (v.) 3 squander, wear away, lay waste to
wax (v.) 1 grow, become, turn
way (n.) 5 entrance, access, path
way (n.) 6 best path, course of action
wayward (adj.) 1 perverse, unreasonable, awkward
well-advised (adj.) 2 in one's right mind, sane, rational
well-dealing (adj.) fair-dealing, conducting business well
wench (n.) girl, lass
wench (n.) girl, lass
wench (n.) girl, lass
wench (n.) girl, lass
wholesome (adj.) 5 good, nutritious, fit to eat
wild (adj.) 7 wanton, flighty, frivolous
wile (n.) trick, delusion, illusion
wind, stop in your hold your breath, shut up
wink (v.) 1 shut one's eyes
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
wit (n.) 1 intelligence, wisdom, good sense, mental ability
wit (n.) 2 mental sharpness, acumen, quickness, ingenuity
wit (n.) 5 mind, brain, thoughts
withal (adv.) 3 with this / it, by this / it
witness (v.) 1 bear witness to, attest, testify to
wonder (n.) 5 special power, miraculous quality
wont (v.) be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of
wont (v.) be accustomed, used [to], be in the habit of
worthily (adv.) justly, deservedly, rightly
wot (v.) 1 learn, know, be told
wrack (n.) 2 wreck, loss, shipwreck
wrack (n.) 2 wreck, loss, shipwreck
years (n.) 2 maturity, experience [coming through age]
   
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