479 Unique Words & Pharses coined by Shakespeare

479 Unique Words & Pharses coined by Shakespeare
479 Unique Words & Pharses coined by Shakespeare

Of all poets and
playwrights in English, Shakespeare has been unique and
unrivalled. Shakespeare’s name shines blazingly in the broad-breasted
firmament of poetic drama. He was an embodiment of Genius for the language
itself – for his unique discovery of words and phrases which garnishes
and enriches the store house of English.

Shakespeare’s Unique Phrases
  1. All our yesterdays (Macbeth)
  1. All that glitters is not
    gold (The Merchant of Venice)(“glisters”)
  1. All’s well that ends
    well (title)
  1. As good luck would have
    it (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
  1. As merry as the day is
    long (Much Ado About Nothing / King John)
  1. Bated breath (The
    Merchant of Venice)
  1. Bag and baggage (As
    You Like It / Winter’s Tale)
  1. Bear a charmed life (Macbeth)
  1. Be-all and the end-all (Macbeth)
  1. Beggar all description (Antony
    and Cleopatra)
  1. Better foot before
    (“best foot forward”) (King John)
  1. The better part of valor is
    discretion (I Henry IV; possibly already a known saying)
  1. In a better world than
    this (As You Like It)
  1. Neither a borrower nor a
    lender be (Hamlet)
  1. Brave new world (The
    Tempest)
  1. Break the ice (The
    Taming of the Shrew)
  1. Breathed his last (3
    Henry VI)
  1. Brevity is the soul of
    wit (Hamlet)
  1. Refuse to budge an inch (Measure
    for Measure / Taming of the Shrew)
  1. Catch a cold (Cymbeline;
    claimed but seems unlikely, seems to refer to bad weather)
  1. Cold comfort (The
    Taming of the Shrew / King John)
  1. Conscience does make cowards
    of us all (Hamlet)
  1. Come what come may
    (“come what may”) (Macbeth)
  1. Comparisons are odorous (Much
    Ado about Nothing)
  1. Crack of doom (Macbeth)
  1. Dead as a doornail (2
    Henry VI)
  1. A dish fit for the gods (Julius
    Caesar)
  1. Cry havoc and let slip the
    dogs of war (Julius Caesar)
  1. Dog will have his day (Hamlet;
    quoted earlier by Erasmus and Queen Elizabeth)
  1. Devil incarnate (Titus
    Andronicus / Henry V)
  1. Eaten me out of house and
    home (2 Henry IV)
  1. Elbow room (King
    John; first attested 1540 according to Merriam-Webster)
  1. Farewell to all my
    greatness (Henry VIII)
  1. Faint hearted (I
    Henry VI)
  1. Fancy-free (Midsummer
    Night’s Dream)
  1. Fight till the last
    gasp (I Henry VI)
  1. Flaming youth (Hamlet)
  1. Forever and a day (As
    You Like It)
  1. For goodness’ sake (Henry
    VIII)
  1. Foregone conclusion (Othello)
  1. Full circle (King
    Lear)
  1. The game is afoot (I
    Henry IV)
  1. The game is up (Cymbeline)
  1. Give the devil his due (I
    Henry IV)
  1. Good riddance (Troilus
    and Cressida)
  1. Jealousy is the green-eyed
    monster (Othello)
  1. It was Greek to me (Julius
    Caesar)
  1. Heart of gold (Henry
    V)
  1. Her infinite variety (Antony
    and Cleopatra)
  1. ‘Tis high time (The
    Comedy of Errors)
  1. Hoist with his own
    petard (Hamlet)
  1. Household words (Henry
    V)
  1. A horse, a horse! My kingdom
    for a horse! (Richard III)
  1. Ill wind which blows no man
    to good (2 Henry IV)
  1. Improbable fiction (Twelfth
    Night)
  1. In a pickle (The
    Tempest)
  1. In my heart of hearts (Hamlet)
  1. In my mind’s eye (Hamlet)
  1. Infinite space (Hamlet)
  1. Infirm of purpose (Macbeth)
  1. In my book of memory (I
    Henry VI)
  1. It is but so-so(As You
    Like It)
  1. It smells to heaven (Hamlet)
  1. Itching palm (Julius
    Caesar)
  1. Kill with kindness (Taming
    of the Shrew)
  1. Killing frost (Henry
    VIII)
  1. Knit brow (The Rape
    of Lucrece)
  1. Knock knock! Who’s
    there? (Macbeth)
  1. Laid on with a trowel (As
    You Like It)
  1. Laughing stock (The
    Merry Wives of Windsor)
  1. Laugh yourself into
    stitches (Twelfth Night)
  1. Lean and hungry look (Julius
    Caesar)
  1. Lie low (Much Ado
    about Nothing)
  1. Live long day (Julius
    Caesar)
  1. Love is blind (Merchant
    of Venice)
  1. Men’s evil manners live in
    brass; their virtues we write in water (Henry VIII)
  1. Melted into thin air (The
    Tempest)
  1. Though this be madness, yet
    there is method in it (“There’s a method to my madness”) (Hamlet)
  1. Make a virtue of
    necessity (The Two Gentlemen of Verona)
  1. The Makings of(Henry VIII)
  1. Milk of human kindness (Macbeth)
  1. Ministering angel (Hamlet)
  1. Misery acquaints a man with
    strange bedfellows (The Tempest)
  1. More honored in the breach
    than in the observance (Hamlet)
  1. More in sorrow than in
    anger (Hamlet)
  1. More sinned against than
    sinning (King Lear)
  1. Much Ado About Nothing (title)
  1. Murder most foul (Hamlet)
  1. Naked truth (Love’s
    Labours Lost)
  1. Neither rhyme nor
    reason (As You Like It)
  1. Not slept one wink (Cymbeline)
  1. Nothing in his life became
    him like the leaving it (Macbeth)
  1. [Obvious] as a nose on a
    man’s face (The Two Gentlemen of Verona)
  1. Once more into the
    breach (Henry V)
  1. One fell swoop (Macbeth)
  1. One that loved not wisely but
    too well (Othello)
  1. Time is out of joint (Hamlet)
  1. Out of the jaws of
    death (Twelfth Night)
  1. Own flesh and blood (Hamlet)
  1. Star-crossed lovers (Romeo
    and Juliet)
  1. Parting is such sweet
    sorrow (Romeo and Juliet)
  1. What’s past is prologue (The
    Tempest)
  1. [What] a piece of work [is
    man] (Hamlet)
  1. Pitched battle (Taming
    of the Shrew)
  1. A plague on both your
    houses (Romeo and Juliet)
  1. Play fast and loose (King
    John)
  1. Pomp and circumstance (Othello)
  1. [A poor] thing, but mine own (As
    You Like It)
  1. Pound of flesh (The
    Merchant of Venice)
  1. Primrose path (Hamlet)
  1. Quality of mercy is not
    strained (The Merchant of Venice)
  1. Salad days (Antony
    and Cleopatra)
  1. Sea change (The
    Tempest)
  1. Seen better days (As
    You Like It? Timon of Athens?)
  1. Send packing (I Henry
    IV)
  1. How sharper than the
    serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child (King Lear)
  1. Shall I compare thee to a
    summer’s day (Sonnets)
  1. Make short shrift (Richard
    III)
  1. Sick at heart (Hamlet)
  1. Snail paced (Troilus
    and Cressida)
  1. Something in the wind (The
    Comedy of Errors)
  1. Something wicked this way
    comes (Macbeth)
  1. A sorry sight (Macbeth)
  1. Sound and fury (Macbeth)
  1. Spotless reputation (Richard
    II)
  1. Stony hearted (I
    Henry IV)
  1. Such stuff as dreams are made
    on (The Tempest)
  1. Smooth runs the water where
    the brook is deep (“Still waters run deep”) (2 Henry VI)
  1. The short and the long of
    it (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
  1. Sweet are the uses of
    adversity (As You Like It)
  1. Sweets to the sweet (Hamlet)
  1. Swift as a shadow (A
    Midsummer Night’s Dream
  1. Tedious as a twice-told
    tale (King John)
  1. Set my teeth on edge (I
    Henry IV)
  1. Tell truth and shame the
    devil (1 Henry IV)
  1. Thereby hangs a tale (Othello;
    in context, this seems to have been already in use)
  1. There’s no such thing
    (?) (Macbeth)
  1. There’s the rub (Hamlet)
  1. This mortal coil (Hamlet)
  1. To gild refined gold, to
    paint the lily (“to gild the lily”) (King John)
  1. To thine own self be
    true (Hamlet)
  1. Too much of a good
    thing (As You Like It)
  1. Tower of strength (Richard
    III)
  1. Towering passion (Hamlet)
  1. Trippingly on the
    tongue (Hamlet)
  1. Truth will out (The
    Merchant of Venice)
  1. Violent delights have violent
    ends (Romeo and Juliet)
  1. Wear my heart upon my
    sleeve (Othello)
  1. What the dickens (The
    Merry Wives of Windsor)
  1. What’s done is done (Macbeth)
  1. What’s in a name? A rose by
    any other name would smell as sweet. (Romeo and Juliet)
  1. What fools these mortals
    be (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  1. What the dickens (The
    Merry Wives of Windsor)
  1. Wild-goose chase (Romeo
    and Juliet)
  1. Wish is father to that
    thought (2 Henry IV)
  1. Witching time of night (Hamlet)
  1. Working-day world (As
    You Like It)
  1. The world’s my oyster (Merry
    Wives of Windsor)
  1. Yeoman’s service (Hamlet)
Shakespeare’s Words
Coinage
  1. abstemious (The
    Tempest — a Latin word that meant “to abstain from alcoholic
    drink” was generalized to sexual behavior as well)
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  1. academe (Love’s
    Labour’s Lost; this is just an English form of “Academy”, the
    Greek for Plato’s grove)
  1. accommodation (Othello)
  1. accused (n.) (Richard
    II — first known use as a noun, meaning person accused of a crime)
  1. addiction (Henry V /
    Othello)
  1. admirable (several;
    seems unlikely)
  1. advertising (adj.)(Measure
    for Measure; in context, means “being attentive”; the noun was
    already in use)
  1. aerial (Othello)
  2. alligator (Romeo and
    Juliet; Spanish “aligarto” was already in use in English)
  1. amazement (13
    instances; first known use as a noun)
  1. anchovy (I Henry IV;
    first attestation in English of the Spanish word for dried edible fish)
  1. apostrophe
    (“apostrophas”)(Love’s Labour’s Lost; seems to be a
    well-known word already)
  1. arch-villain (Measure
    for Measure / Timon of Athens)
  1. to arouse (2 Henry VI
    / Hamlet; “rouse” was the usual form)
  1. assassination (Macbeth;
    “assassin” was already in use and derives from “hashish
    eater”)
  1. auspicious (several;
    “auspice” was a Roman practice of fortune-telling by bird
    flight)
  1. bachelorship (I Henry
    VI)
  1. backing (I Henry VI;
    this is just a pun on a known word)
  1. bandit (II Henry VI,
    actually “bandetto”, the first attestation in English of a
    familiar Italian word for people “banned”, i.e., outlaws)
  1. barefaced (in the sense of
    “barefaced power”) (Macbeth)
  1. baseless (in the sense of
    fantasy without grounding in fact) (The Tempest)
  1. beached (several,
    merely means “possessing a beach”)
  1. bedazzled (The Taming
    of the Shrew)
  1. bedroom (A Midsummer
    Night’s Dream, merely means a place to sleep on the ground)
  1. belongings (Measure
    for Measure)
  1. to besmirch (Henry V)
  1. birthplace (Coriolanus;
    first attestation)
  1. to blanket (King
    Lear; first use as a verb)
  1. bloodstained (I Henry
    IV)
  1. blusterer (A Lover’s
    Complaint)
  1. bold-faced (I Henry
    VI)
  1. bottled (Richard III)
  1. bump (Romeo and
    Juliet; first attestation of onomopoeic word)
  1. buzzer (Hamlet; means
    gossipper)
  1. to cake (Timon of
    Athens, first attestation as a verb)
  1. to castigate (Timon
    of Athens)
  1. to cater (As You Like
    It; from coetous, a buyer of provisions)
  1. clangor (3 Henry VI /
    2 Henry IV)
  1. to champion (Macbeth;
    first attestation as a verb, and in an older sense of “to
    challenge”; though the noun was familiar as someone who would fight
    for another)
  1. circumstantial (As
    You Like It / Cymbeline; first attestation in the sense of
    “indirect”)
  1. cold-blooded (King
    John; first use to mean “lack of emotion”)
  1. coldhearted (Antony
    and Cleopatra)
  1. compact (several;
    seems to have been a common word)
  1. to comply (Othello)
  1. to compromise (The
    Merchant of Venice, several of the histories; seems to have been already
    in use)
  1. to cow (Macbeth; first
    use in English of a Scandinavian verb)
  1. consanguineous (Twelfth
    Night; “consanguinity” was already in use)
  1. control (n.) (Twelfth
    Night)
  1. countless (Titus
    Andronicus / Pericles)
  1. courtship (several,
    seems unikely)
  1. critic (Love’s
    Labour’s Lost; Latin term)
  1. critical (not in today’s
    sense) (Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  1. cruelhearted (The Two
    Gentlemen of Verona)
  1. Dalmatians (Cymbeline)
  1. dauntless (Macbeth)
  1. dawn (I Henry IV,
    King John; first use as a noun, the standard had been “dawning”)
  1. day’s work (several,
    must have been a common expression)
  1. deafening (II Henry
    IV; in the sense of a noise that is loud but does not produce real deafness)
  1. to denote (several;
    already a word in Latin)
  1. depository (???)
  1. discontent (Richard
    III / Titus Andronicus; the verb was in use but this is the first
    attestation as a noun)
  1. design (several,
    seems unlikely)
  1. dexterously (Twelfth
    Night)
  1. dialogue (several,
    seems already familiar)
  1. disgraceful (I Henry
    VI; means “not graceful”)
  1. dishearten (Henry V)
  1. to dislocate (King
    Lear, refers to anatomy)
  1. distasteful (Timon of
    Athens)
  1. distracted (Hamlet /
    Measure for Measure; seems possible)
  1. divest (Henry V /
    King Lear; probably already in use as referring to a royal title)
  1. domineering (Love’s
    Labour’s Lost; from a Dutch word)
  1. downstairs (I Henry
    IV, supposedly first use as an adjective)
  1. droplet (Timon of
    Athens)
  1. to drug (Macbeth;
    first use as a verb)
  1. to dwindle (I Henry
    IV / Macbeth, seems already familiar as a term for body wasting)
  1. to educate (Love’s
    Labour’s Lost)
  1. to elbow (King Lear;
    first use as a verb)
  1. embrace (I Henry VI;
    first use as a noun)
  1. employer (Much Ado
    about Nothing)
  1. employment (several,
    obviously familiar)
  1. engagement (several,
    seems simply the first attestation)
  1. to enmesh (Othello)
  1. to ensnare (Othello)
  1. enrapt (Troilus and
    Cressida)
  1. enthroned (Antony and
    Cleopatra)
  1. epileptic (King Lear;
    first use as an adjective, though the noun was old)
  1. equivocal (Othello /
    All’s Well that Ends Well; first use as adjective, though the verb
    “to equivocate” was familiar)
  1. eventful (As You Like
    It)
  1. excitement (Hamlet /
    Troilus and Cressida; both times as plural; first use as a noun)
  1. expedience (several,
    supposedly first use as noun)
  1. exposure (several,
    supposedly first use as noun)
  1. eyeball (The Tempest)
  1. eyedrops (II Henry
    IV; means “tears”)
  1. eyesore (The Taming
    of the Shrew)
  1. fanged (Hamlet, first
    attestation)
  1. farmhouse (The Merry
    Wives of Windsor; first known use of the compound)
  1. far-off (several,
    seems already familiar)
  1. fashionable (Timon of
    Athens / Troilus and Cressida)
  1. fathomless (not today’s
    sense) (Troilus and Cressida)
  1. fitful (Macbeth)
  1. fixture (not current
    sense) (Merry Wives of Windsor / Winter’s Tale)
  1. flawed (King Lear;
    first use as an adjective)
  1. flowery (A Midsummer
    Night’s Dream)
  1. foppish (King Lear)
  1. fortune-teller (The
    Comedy of Errors)
  1. to forward (I Henry
    IV; first use as a verb)
  1. foul-mouthed (several,
    seems already familiar)
  1. freezing (Cymbeline)
  1. frugal (several;
    “frugality” was already in common use)
  1. full-grown (Pericles)
  1. gallantry (Troilus
    and Cressida)
  1. generous (several,
    obviously already known)
  1. gloomy (several,
    “to gloom” was a verb)
  1. glow (several; the
    word had originally meant red-and-warm)
  1. gnarled (Measure for
    Measure; alteration of knurled which was a standard word for bumpy)
  1. go-between (several,
    seems familiar)
  1. to gossip (The Comedy
    of Errors; first use as a verb; “gossip” was one’s familiar
    friends)
  1. gust (III Henry VI,
    seems already familiar and was an Old Norse word)
  1. half-blooded (King
    Lear)
  1. hint (Othello, first
    use in today’s sense)
  1. hob-nails (I Henry
    IV, alleged; seems already familiar)
  1. hobnob (Twelfth
    Night; older term was “hab, nab”, and not in today’s sense)
  1. homely (several,
    seems already familiar)
  1. honey-tongued (Love’s
    Labour’s Lost)
  1. hoodwinked (already
    known from falconry)
  1. hostile (several,
    seems like a word that is already familiar)
  1. hot-blooded (The
    Merry Wives of Windsor / King Lear)
  1. housekeeping (The
    Taming of the Shrew; seems unlikely)
  1. howl (several,
    clearly familiar)
  1. to humor (Love’s
    Labour’s Lost, first attestation as a verb)
  1. hunchbacked (can’t
    find)
  1. to hurry (Comedy of
    Errors, first attestation as verb)
  1. ill-tempered (can’t
    find)
  1. immediacy (King Lear,
    first use as noun)
  1. impartial (2 Henry
    IV)
  1. to impede (Macbeth,
    first use as verb, though “impediment” was already widely used)
  1. import (several, and
    not used in the modern sense)
  1. immediacy (King Lear,
    first attestation as a noun)
  1. importantly (Cymbeline,
    first attestation as an adverb)
  1. inaudible (All’s Well
    that Ends Well; “audible” was already in use)
  1. inauspicious (Romeo
    and Juliet)
  1. indistinguishable (not in
    today’s sense)(Troilus and Cressida)
  1. inducement (several,
    seems unlikely)
  1. investment (II Henry
    IV, not in present sense)
  1. invitation (The Merry
    Wives of Windsor; signifies “flirting”)
  1. invulnerable King
    John / Hamlet / The Tempest; first attestation for the negative;
    Coriolanus has unvulnerable)
  1. jaded (several, seems
    already a term of contempt)
  1. Judgement Day (I Henry
    VI; usual term had been “Day of Judgement”)
  1. juiced (Merry Wives
    of Windsor; first attestation as an adjective)
  1. kissing (several,
    first attestation of the participle, though surely not its first use)
  1. lackluster (As You
    Like It)
  1. ladybird (Romeo and
    Juliet)
  1. to lament (several,
    seems already familiare)
  1. to lapse (several,
    first attestation as a verb, though already familiar as a noun)
  1. to launder (first use
    as a verb; “laundress” was in common use)
  1. laughable (The
    Merchant of Venice)
  1. leaky (Antony and
    Cleopatra / The Tempest)
  1. leapfrog (Henry V;
    first attestation but seems unlikely as a coinage)
  1. lonely (several,
    seems unlikely)
  1. long-legged (can’t
    find)
  1. love letter (can’t
    find)
  1. to lower (several,
    seems already known)
  1. luggage (first use as
    noun)
  1. lustrous (Twelfth
    Night / All’s Well that Ends Well)
  1. madcap (several,
    attestation as adjective; the noun had become popular just before)
  1. majestic (several,
    first use as adjective)
  1. majestically (I Henry
    IV; first attestation as adverb)
  1. malignancy (Twelfth
    Night, seems possible)
  1. manager (Love’s
    Labour’s Lost / Midsummer Night’s Dream; first attestation as noun)
  1. marketable (As You
    Like It; first use as adjective)
  1. militarist (All’s
    Well that Ends Well)
  1. mimic (Midsummer
    Night’s Dream)
  1. misgiving (Julius
    Caesar; first use as noun, though “to misgive” was in common
    use)
  1. misplaced (several,
    seems unlikely)
  1. to misquote (1 Henry
    IV; not in the present sense)
  1. money’s worth (Love’s
    Labours Lost)
  1. monumental (several,
    seems unlikely)
  1. moonbeam (A Midsummer
    Night’s Dream)
  1. mortifying (Merchant
    of Venice / Much Ado About Nothing
    )
  1. motionless (Henry V)
  1. mountaineer (Cymbeline;
    the sense is “hillbilly”)
  1. multitudinous (Macbeth)
  1. neglect (several,
    obviously already known)
  1. to negotiate (Much
    Ado about Nothing / Twelfth Night; verb from the Latin)
  1. new-fallen (Venus and
    Adonis / I Henry IV)
  1. new-fangled (Love’s
    Labour’s Lost / As You Like It)
  1. nimble-footed (several,
    seems already a familiar expression)
  1. noiseless (King Lear
    / All’s Well that Ends Well)
  1. to numb (King Lear,
    first attestation as a transitive verb)
  1. obscene (several;
    straight from Latin)
  1. obsequiously (first
    use of the adverb; comes from “obsequies”, or funeral rites)
  1. outbreak (Hamlet,
    first attestation as a noun)
  1. to outdare (I Henry
    IV)
  1. to outgrow (can’t
    find)
  1. to outweigh (can’t
    find)
  1. over-cool (II Henry
    IV)
  1. overgrowth (can’t
    find)
  1. over-ripened (II
    Henry VI ;first-use of the familiar compound)
  1. over-weathered The
    Merchant of Venice)
  1. overview (can’t find)
  1. pageantry (Pericles
    Prince of Tyre)
  1. pale-faced (A
    Midsummer Night’s Dream)
  1. to pander (several;
    was already a proverb)
  1. pedant (several,
    seems already in common use for a stuffy teacher)
  1. perplex (King John /
    Cymbeline)
  1. perusal (Sonnets /
    Hamlet; first use as a noun)
  1. to petition (Antony
    and Cleopatra / Coriolanus; first use as a verb)
  1. pious (several, seems
    very unlikely)
  1. posture (several,
    seems known)
  1. premeditated (several;
    first attestation of the adjective, though the noun was in use)
  1. priceless (???)
  1. Promethean (Othello /
    Love’s Labour’s Lost)
  1. protester (not today’s
    sense) (Julius Caesar)
  1. published (2 Henry
    VI)
  1. puking (As You Like
    It)
  1. puppy-dog (King John
    / Henry V)
  1. on purpose (several;
    seems very unlikely)
  1. quarrelsome (As You
    Like It / Taming of the Shrew)
  1. questing (As You Like
    It; first use of the gerund)
  1. in question (several,
    seems already in use)
  1. radiance (several;
    first use as noun)
  1. to rant (The Merry
    Wives of Windsor / Hamlet; loan-word from Dutch or previously-unattested
    English word?)
  1. rancorous (2 Henry
    VI, Comedy of Errors, Richard III, all early plays, seems unlikely)
  1. raw-boned (I Henry
    VI)
  1. reclusive (Much Ado
    about Nothing; first use as adjective)
  1. reinforcement (Troilus
    and Cressida / Coriolanus; seems already in use)
  1. reliance (???)
  1. remorseless (several,
    first attestation of this form)
  1. reprieve (several,
    obviously already in use)
  1. resolve (several,
    obviously already in use)
  1. restoration (King
    Lear)
  1. restraint (several,
    seems already familiar)
  1. retirement (II Henry
    IV; refers to military retreat; first use as noun)
  1. revolting (several,
    obviously already familiar)
  1. to rival (King Lear;
    first attestation as verb; noun was well-known)
  1. rival (Midsummer
    Night’s Dream; first attestation as adjective, noun was well-known)
  1. roadway (II Henry IV;
    first attestation of the compound)
  1. rumination (As You
    Like It; first use as noun)
  1. sacrificial (Timon of
    Athens; not today’s usage)
  1. sanctimonious (Measure
    for Measure / Tempest)
  1. satisfying (Othello /
    Cymbeline)
  1. savage (several; the
    word was obviously already in use)
  1. savagery (King John /
    Henry V; first use as this form)
  1. schoolboy (Julius
    Caesar / Much Ado about Nothing)
  1. scrubbed (The
    Merchant of Venice)
  1. scuffle (Antony and
    Cleopatra; first use as noun, though the verb was familiar)
  1. seamy-side (Othello)
  1. to secure (II Henry
    VI; first use as a verb; the adjective was well-known)
  1. shipwrecked (Pericles
    Prince of Tyre, seems unlikely)
  1. shooting star (Richard
    II; first known use of the phrase)
  1. shudder (Timon of
    Athens; first use as a noun; verb already well-known)
  1. silk (alleged;
    obviously not Shakespeare’s)
  1. stocking (obviously
    not Shakespeare’s)
  1. silliness (Othello)
  1. skim milk (I Henry
    IV; first use of the familiar term)
  1. to sneak (Measure for
    Measure; supposed first use of the verb)
  1. soft-hearted (2 Henry
    VI / 3 Henry VI; first use of the familiar phrase)
  1. spectacled (Coriolanus;
    not in today’s sense)
  1. splitting (II Henry
    VI; first use as adjective)
  1. sportive (Richard III
    / Comedy of Errors / All’s Well that Ends Well; supposed first use)
  1. to squabble (Othello;
    supposed first use, as with “to swagger”)
  1. stealthy (Macbeth;
    first use as adjective)
  1. stillborn (can’t
    find, obviously not Shakespeare’s)
  1. to submerge (Antony
    and Cleopatra)
  1. successful (Titus
    Andronicus, seems dubious)
  1. suffocating (Othello;
    supposed first use as a descriptor)
  1. to sully (I Henry VI)
  1. superscript (Love’s
    Labour’s Lost)
  1. to supervise (Love’s
    Labour’s Lost; also Hamlet but not in today’s sense)
  1. to swagger (II Henry
    IV, others; in context this seems to be already a well-known word)
  1. switch (first use to
    mean “twig”)
  1. tardily (All’s Well
    that Ends Well; first use of adverb)
  1. tardiness (King Lear;
    “tardy” as adjective was well-known)
  1. threateningly (All’s
    Well that Ends Well; first use of the adverb)
  1. tightly (The Merry
    Wives of Windsor; first use as an adverb)
  1. time-honored (Richard
    II)
  1. title page (can’t
    find; seems unlikely)
  1. to torture (several;
    first use as a verb)
  1. traditional (Richard
    III; first use as adjective)
  1. tranquil (Othello;
    “tranquility” was an old word)
  1. transcendence (All’s
    Well that Ends Well; first attestation of the noun)
  1. tongue-tied (III
    Henry VI / Julius Caesar / Troilus and Cressida; seems first attestation
    of a phrase already in use)
  1. unaccommodated (King
    Lear)
  1. unaware (Venus and
    Adonis; first use as an adverb; the adjective was not yet in use)
  1. to unclog (Coriolanus,
    first use as a negative)
  1. unappeased (Titus
    Andronicus)
  1. unchanging (The
    Merchant of Venice)
  1. unclaimed (As You
    Like It; not in today’s sense)
  1. uncomfortable (Romeo
    and Juliet)
  1. to uncurl (???)
  1. to undervalue (The
    Merchant of Venice)
  1. to undress (The
    Taming of the Shrew; seems unlikely)
  1. unearthly (Winter’s
    Tale)
  1. uneducated (Love’s
    Labour’s Lost, seems possible)
  1. ungoverned (Richard
    III / King Lear)
  1. to unhand (Hamlet)
  1. unmitigated (Much Ado
    about Nothing)
  1. unpublished (King
    Lear; in the sense of “still unknown”)
  1. unreal (Macbeth,
    first use of the negative)
  1. unsolicited (Titus
    Andronicus / Henry VIII; supposed first use of the form)
  1. unswayed (Richard
    III; not in today’s sense, but “is the sword unswung?”)
  1. unwillingness (Richard
    III / Richard II)
  1. upstairs (I Henry IV;
    supposedly first use as an adjective)
  1. urging (Richard III /
    Comedy of Errors; first attestation as a noun
  1. useful (several,
    seems already familiar)
  1. varied (Love’s
    Labour’s Lost, others)
  1. vastly (Rape of
    Lucrece, not present sense)
  1. viewless (Measure for
    Measure; means “invisible”)
  1. vulnerable (Macbeth;
    used in today’s sense)
  1. watchdog (The
    Tempest; first use of the phrase)
  1. well-behaved (The
    Merry Wives of Windsor; first known use of the compound)
  1. well-bred (II Henry
    IV; first use of the familiar compound)
  1. well-read (I Henry
    IV)
  1. whirligig (Twelfth
    Night)
  1. to widen (???)
  1. widowed (Sonnet 97 /
    Coriolanus; first use as an adjective)
  1. worn out (Romeo and
    Juliet / 2 Henry IV; seems unlikely)
  1. worthless (III Henry
    VI, several others; seems just a first attestation)
  1. yelping (I Henry VI;
    first attestation of this adjectival form)
  1. zany (Love’s Labour
    Lost; simply a loan-word from Italian commedia dell’arte)
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