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Common Elizabethan Words
Acts I - V Vocabulary
Study Guide
Study Guide Answers
Shakespeare's Dentist
My Dentist Story
Dentist AD
Insult Letter
Reader Response Questions
Character List
Common Elizabethan Words

Here are Common Elizabethan Words to aid in reading Shakespeare's works.

  1. adieu: farewell
  2. an: and: if
  3. anon: soon
  4. attend: listen to
  5. aye: yes
  6. but soft: wait a minute
  7. but: only; except for
  8. counsel: advice
  9. decree: order
  10. discourses: speaks
  11. dispatch: kill
  12. doth: does
  13. e'en: even
  14. e'er: ever
  15. foe: enemy
  16. haply: perhaps
  17. happy: fortunate
  18. heavy: sad; depressed
  19. hence: away from here
  20. hie: go: hurry
  21. hither: here
  22. mark: pay attention
  23. marry: indeed
  24. methinks: I think
  25. nay: no
  26. nought: nothing
  27. plague: curse
  28. pray: beg
  29. privy: allowed to know a secret
  30. resolve: plan
  31. sirrah: used to address people of inferior rank; like boy
  32. thee: thou: you
  33. thither: there
  34. thou art: you are
  35. thy: your
  36. tidings: news
  37. whence: where
  38. wherefore: why
  39. will: desire
  40. wilt: will you
  41. withal: in addition
  42. woe: misery
  43. woo: chase, as in a boy/girl chase
  44. would: wish

I hope this Elizabethan dictionary will help everyone who needs it as much as it helped me.