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.
Adjective: Relating to, suggestive of, or appropriate for a beach or a vacation spent at the beach
Adjective: Tiring or exhausting, especially relating to emotional fatigue
Adjective: Of a person’s body: lean and physically fit
Adjective: Fishlike, or exhibiting characteristics of gill-bearing aquatic craniate animals
Noun: A very small amount of money
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.
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
Verb: to throw
Verb: to roll or somersault
Noun: commotion or mayhem
Noun: a mouse’s ear
Noun: Lump of congealed fat
Noun: The take from a robbery
Verb: To kiss on the mouth
Adjective: A pinkish color
Noun: A trail in the woods
Verb: A variation of “kick,” usually when speaking to a young child
Noun: A wife
Verb: To tickle
Noun: A type of inexpensive writing paper used in Elizabethan England
Noun: The European hare (Lepus europaeus)
Noun: A lunatic
Noun: An angry hat
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
Noun: A kitten
Noun: A small elm tree
Noun: A child with a tan
Noun: Another name for the European Hirtenschalmei, a reed instrument
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
Share the quiz to show your results !
Subscribe to see your results
Can You Guess What These Shakespeare Words Mean?
I got %%score%% of %%total%% right
What was your score? If you missed one…or ten, don’t despair. Scholars who spend their entire career studying Shakespeare aren’t completely sure what some of the Bard’s literary inventions mean.
Share with friends or students, and see who scores highest!