What Do These Shakespeare Words Mean?

Test your knowledge of Shakespearean vocabulary!

You probably know that Shakespeare made up a lot of words. What you may not know is what those words mean. We’ve gathered a list of ten that appear in Shakespeare’s plays, words that aren’t in common usage today. See if you can figure out what they mean.

Beachy
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Adjective: Relating to, suggestive of, or appropriate for a beach or a vacation spent at the beach
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Adjective: Tiring or exhausting, especially relating to emotional fatigue
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Adjective: Of a person’s body: lean and physically fit
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Adjective: Fishlike, or exhibiting characteristics of gill-bearing aquatic craniate animals

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Doit
Noun: A very small amount of money
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Exclamation: used to comment on a foolish or stupid action, especially one's own.
Verb: To drive a horse-drawn carriage in a careless fashion
Adjective: Having an even and regular surface or consistency; free from perceptible projections, lumps, or indentations.

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Budger
Noun: Someone or something that moves an object
Noun: An alternative name for a hedgehog
Noun: The human cheekbone
Verb: To stub one’s toe, often resulting in pain

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Hurly burly

 
Verb: to throw
Verb: to roll or somersault
Noun: commotion or mayhem
Noun: a mouse’s ear

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Keech
Noun: Lump of congealed fat
Noun: The take from a robbery
Verb: To kiss on the mouth
Adjective: A pinkish color

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Kickie-wickie
Noun: A trail in the woods
Verb: A variation of “kick,” usually when speaking to a young child
Noun: A wife
Verb: To tickle

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Madcap
Noun: A type of inexpensive writing paper used in Elizabethan England
Noun: The European hare (Lepus europaeus)
Noun: A lunatic
Noun: An angry hat

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Nook-shotten
Verb: Very scared
Noun: An insult given to someone with ugly hair
Noun: A chimney that has fallen in upon itself
Adjective: Jutting out at numerous angles

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Tanling
Noun: A kitten
Noun: A small elm tree
Noun: A child with a tan
Noun: Another name for the European Hirtenschalmei, a reed instrument

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Wittolly
Noun: A snail
Noun: An insult given to a man regarding his wife’s infidelity
Noun: A woman’s lock of hair that falls out of her bonnet and into her face
Noun: A iron pot, often used for magic potions

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