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The Taming of the Shrew Glossary L to Z


Lampass, a disease in a horse's mouth, III. ii. 52.
Lead apes in hell. The origin of this proverbial phrase is unknown. It is applied to spinsters. II. i. 34.
Leda's daughter, Helen, I. ii. 244.
Leet, manorial court, Induct, ii. 89.
'Leges, alleges, I. ii. 28.
Lie, dwell, stay, IV. iv. 56.
Link, "there was no link," Old hats, to look like new, were blackened with the smoke of a torch. IV. i. 137.
Longly, longingly, I. i. 170.
Lovely, loving, III. ii. 125.
Lure, a stuffed bird used in training hawks, IV. i. 195.
Lusty, lively, II. i. 161.


Maidenhead, maidenhood, III. ii. 227.
Malt-house, brewer's house, a term of contempt, IV. i. 132.
Mart, bargain, II. i. 329.
Masquing, masquerading, IV. iii. 87.
Meacock, spiritless, henpecked, II. i. 315.
Mercatante, merchant, IV. ii. 63.
Mete-yard, measuring yard, IV. iii. 153.
Mi perdonato, pardon me, I. i. 25.
Moral, secret purpose, IV. iv. 79.
Mose in the chine, a disease in the spinal marrow of horses, III. ii. 51.
Motion, proposal, I. ii. 280.
Moved, angry, V. ii. 142.
Muscadel, a strong, sweet wine, III. ii. 174.


Neat, ox, IV. iii. 17.
Nice, foolish, silly, III. i. 80.
Nit, the egg of a louse, IV. iii.


Of, for, II. i. 237; on, V. ii. 72.
Old, rare, III. ii. 30.
Or ere, before, IV. v. 8.
Over-eying, noticing, Induct, i. 95.


Packing, plotting, V. i. 122.
Pain, labour, III. i. 12.
Pantaloon, a foolish old man, III. i. 37.
Parle, debate, I. i. 117.
Pass, conduct, IV. iv. 57.
Pass, give, convey, IV. iv. 45.
Passing, surpassing, Induct, i. 67; heartily, II. i. 113.
Passion, "merry passion," burst of laughter, Induct, i. 97.
Paucas pallabris, for Span, pocas palabras^ silence, few words, Induct, i. 5.
Peat, pet, I. i. 78.
Pedascule, pedant, meant probably for a contemptuous form of the word, III. i. 50.
Pheeze, beat, pay off. "To pheeze," says Johnson, "is to separate a twist into single threads." Induct, i. I.
Pip. See under " Two and thirty."
Pittance, meal, IV. iv. 61.
Plash, a pond, I. i. 23.
Points, tagged laces for supporting the hose, III. ii. 49.
Porringer, a bowl, IV. iii. 64.
Port, outward state, I. i. 208.
Practice, play a trick, Induct, i. 36.
Prefer, direct, I. i. 97.
Present, instant, immediate, IV. iii. 5.
Prevented, forestalled, V. ii. 49.
Pricked in, stuck in, III. ii. 70.
Pricks him, prompts him, III. ii. 74.
Proper, handsome, I. ii. 144.


Quaint, ingenious, clever, III. ii. 149.


Rated, expelled, I. i. 165.
Rayed, soiled, bemired, III. ii. 54; IV. i. 3.
Rebused, abused, I. ii. 7.
Reckoning, description, IV. i. 87.
Redime te captum quam queas minimo, redeem yourself, captive, as cheaply as you can. The quotation is from Terence. I. i. 167.
Rests, remains, I. i. 250.
Ring, prize, I. i. 145.
Rope-tricks, roguish tricks. Grumio meant also, as Singer has pointed out, "to play on the resemblance of rope-tricks for rhetorick." I. ii. 112.
Roundly, directly, IV. iv. 108.
Rudesby, rude fellow, III. ii. 10.
Rushes strewed. In old times the floors were covered with rushes. IV. i. 48.


Sack, Canary wine, Induct, ii. 2.
Seal'd quarts, pots stamped as being of legal size, Induct, ii. 90.
Seen, "well seen," well skilled, I. ii. 134.
Seize thee that list, take thee who will, III. i. 91.
Sessa! for cessa (Ital.), be quiet, Induct, i. 6.
Sharp, hungry, IV. i. 193.
Sheer-ale, ale unadulterated, Induct, ii. 25.
Shipping, "good shipping," a good voyage, V. i. 43.
Shoulder-shotten, dislocated in the shoulder, III. ii. 56.
Shrewd, ill-tempered, I. i. 185.
Simple, silly, foolish, V. ii. 161.
Sith, since, I. i. 216.
Skills not, matters not, III. ii. 134.
Skipper, used contemptuously for a flighty fellow, II. i. 341.
Slipp'd, started, V. ii. 52.
Sorted to no proof, proved to be in vain, IV. iii. 43.
Soto, a character in Beaumont and Fletcher's "Woman Pleased," Induct, i. 88.
Soud. "A word coined by Shakespeare to express the noise made by a person heated or fatigued." SINGER. IV. i. 145.
Spavins, a complaint of the hock in horses, III. ii. 53.
Specialties, special deeds of contract, II. i. 127.
Speed, succeed, I. ii. 247.
Spleen, bad temper, III. ii. 10.
Stale, laughing-stock, I. i. 58 ; bait, decoy, III. i. 90.
Stand, withstand, I. ii. 113.
Stead, aid, I. ii. 266.
Stephen Sly and old John Naps of Greece. "The mention of Kit Sly's tavern comrades was in all likelihood a reminiscence of contemporary Warwickshire life as literal as the name of the hamlet where the drunkard dwelt. There was a genuine Stephen Sly, who was in the dramatist's day a self-assertive citizen of Stratford; and 'Greece,' whence 'old John Naps' derived his cognomen, is an obvious misreading of Greet, a hamlet by Winchmere in Gloucestershire, not far removed from Shakespeare's native town." SIDNEY LEE. Induct, ii. 95.
Stock, stocking, III. ii. 67.
Stoop, yield; a play upon the term in falconry, which means to strike down on the quarry, IV. i. 194.
Suits, "in all suits," in all respects, Induct, i. 106.
Supposes, pretences, V. i. 120.
Swinge, lash, V. ii. 104.


Tender well, take good care of, Induct, i. 16.
Tents, hangings, II. i. 354.
Third or fourth or fifth borough, constables, Induct, i. 12.
'Tis a world to see. "This phrase, which frequently occurs in old writers, is equivalent to 'it is worth a world or a matter of admiration to see.'" SINGER. II. i. 313.
Took, gave, III. ii. 165.
Toward, forthcoming, I. i. 68; obedient, V. ii. 182.
Trot, hag, I. ii. 80.
Twangling, twanging, II. i. 159.
Two and thirty, a pip out. "The allusion is to the old game of Bone-ace, or one and thirty. A pip is a spot upon a card." SINGER. I. ii. 33.


Unable, feeble, V. ii. 169.
Unpink'd, without eyelet-holes, IV. i. 136.
Untoward, unmannerly, IV. v. 79.
Usurp, assume, Induct, i. 131.


Vail your stomachs, tame your pride, V. ii. 176.
Velure, velvet, III. ii. 62.
Vied, challenged: to vie is to stake at cards, II. i. 311.


Wants, are wanting, III. ii. 248.
Whatsoe'er, at any rate, I. ii. 216.
Wincot. Supposed to be a corruption of Wilnecote, a village about three miles from Stratford, and renowned for its ale. Induct, ii, 23.
Wish him to, recommend him to, I. i. 113.
Woodcock, fool, simpleton, I. ii. 161.
Workmanly, workmanlike, Induct, ii. 62.


Yellows, jaundice in horses, III. ii. 54.
Yet, still, Induct, ii. 69.

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