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Words Created by William Shakespeare


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William Shakespeare was unquestionably one of the greatest influencers of English literature. He was also an unequaled contributor to the English language itself. Many of the words you have used in the past 24 hours had their origin in his fertile imagination.

A common myth is that Shakespeare created 1,700 words. This is a bit of an exaggeration. While he may be the first documented user of many words, it is a leap to say that he actually invented them. Read a good discussion on this matter here.

While 1,700 words is a stretch, it is well established that 422 words of the English lexicon were created by Shakespeare. Here they are:

1 academe

2 accessible

3 accommodation

4 addiction

5 admirable

6 aerial

7 airless

8 amazement

9 anchovy

10 arch-villain

11 auspicious

12 bacheolorship

13 barefaced

14 baseless

15 batty

16 beachy

17 bedroom

18 belongings

19 birthplace

20 black-faced

21 bloodstained

22 bloodsucking

23 blusterer

24 bodikins

25 braggartism

26 brisky

27 broomstaff

28 budger

29 bump

30 buzzer

31 candle holder

32 catlike

33 characterless

34 cheap

35 chimney-top

36 chopped

37 churchlike

38 circumstantial

39 clangor

40 cold-blooded

41 coldhearted

42 compact

43 consanguineous

44 control

45 coppernose

46 countless

47 courtship

48 critical

49 cruelhearted

50 Dalmatian

51 dauntless

52 dawn

53 day’s work

54 deaths-head

55 defeat

56 depositary

57 dewdrop

58 dexterously

59 disgraceful

60 distasteful

61 distrustful

62 dog-weary

63 doit (a Dutch coin: ‘a pittance’)

64 domineering

65 downstairs

66 dwindle

67 East Indies

68 embrace

69 employer

70 employment

71 enfranchisement

72 engagement

73 enrapt

74 epileptic

75 equivocal

76 eventful

77 excitement

78 expedience

79 expertness

80 exposure

81 eyedrop

82 eyewink

83 fair-faced

84 fairyland

85 fanged

86 fap

87 far-off

88 farmhouse

89 fashionable

90 fashionmonger

91 fat-witted

92 fathomless

93 featureless

94 fiendlike

95 fitful

96 fixture

97 fleshment

98 flirt-gill

99 flowery

100 fly-bitten

101 footfall

102 foppish

103 foregone

104 fortune-teller

105 foul mouthed

106 Franciscan

107 freezing

108 fretful

109 full-grown

110 fullhearted

111 futurity

112 gallantry

113 garden house

114 generous

115 gentlefolk

116 glow

117 go-between

118 grass plot

119 gravel-blind

120 gray-eyed

121 green-eyed

122 grief-shot

123 grime

124 gust

125 half-blooded

126 heartsore

127 hedge-pig

128 hell-born

129 hint

130 hobnail

131 homely

132 honey-tongued

133 hornbook

134 hostile

135 hot-blooded

136 howl

137 hunchbacked

138 hurly

139 idle-headed

140 ill-tempered

141 ill-used

142 impartial

143 imploratory

144 import

145 in question

146 inauspicious

147 indirection

148 indistinguishable

149 inducement

150 informal

151 inventorially

152 investment

153 invitation

154 invulnerable

155 jaded

156 juiced

157 keech

158 kickie-wickie

159 kitchen-wench

160 lackluster

161 ladybird

162 lament

163 land-rat

164 laughable

165 leaky

166 leapfrog

167 lewdster

168 loggerhead

169 lonely

170 long-legged

171 love letter

172 lustihood

173 lustrous

174 madcap

175 madwoman

176 majestic

177 malignancy

178 manager

179 marketable

180 marriage bed

181 militarist

182 mimic

183 misgiving

184 misquote

185 mockable

186 money’s worth

187 monumental

188 moonbeam

189 mortifying

190 motionless

191 mountaineer

192 multitudinous

193 neglect

194 never-ending

195 newsmonger

196 nimble-footed

197 noiseless

198 nook-shotten

199 obscene

200 ode

201 offenseful

202 offenseless

203 Olympian

204 on purpose

205 oppugnancy

206 outbreak

207 overblown

208 overcredulous

209 overgrowth

210 overview

211 pageantry

212 pale-faced

213 passado

214 paternal

215 pebbled

216 pedant

217 pedantical

218 pendulous

219 pignut

220 pious

221 please-man

222 plumpy

223 posture

224 prayerbook

225 priceless

226 profitless

227 Promethean

228 protester

229 published

230 puking (disputed)

231 puppy-dog

232 pushpin

233 quarrelsome

234 radiance

235 rascally

236 rawboned

237 reclusive

238 refractory

239 reinforcement

240 reliance

241 remorseless

242 reprieve

243 resolve

244 restoration

245 restraint

246 retirement

247 revokement

248 revolting

249 ring carrier

250 roadway

251 roguery

252 rose-cheeked

253 rose-lipped

254 rumination

255 ruttish

256 sanctimonious

257 satisfying

258 savage

259 savagery

260 schoolboy

261 scrimer

262 scrubbed

263 scuffle

264 seamy

265 self-abuse

266 shipwrecked

267 shooting star

268 shudder

269 silk stocking

270 silliness

271 skim milk

272 skimble-skamble

273 slugabed

274 soft-hearted

275 spectacled

276 spilth

277 spleenful

278 sportive

279 stealthy

280 stillborn

281 successful

282 suffocating

283 tanling

284 tardiness

285 time-honored

286 title page

287 to arouse

288 to barber

289 to bedabble

290 to belly

291 to besmirch

292 to bet

293 to bethump

294 to blanket

295 to cake

296 to canopy

297 to castigate

298 to cater

299 to champion

300 to comply

301 to compromise

302 to cow

303 to cudgel

304 to dapple

305 to denote

306 to dishearten

307 to dislocate

308 to educate

309 to elbow

310 to enmesh

311 to enthrone

312 to fishify

313 to glutton

314 to gnarl

315 to gossip

316 to grovel

317 to happy

318 to hinge

319 to humor

320 to impede

321 to inhearse

322 to inlay

323 to instate

324 to lapse

325 to muddy

326 to negotiate

327 to numb

328 to offcap

329 to operate

330 to out-Herod

331 to out-talk

332 to out-villain

333 to outdare

334 to outfrown

335 to outscold

336 to outsell

337 to outweigh

338 to overpay

339 to overpower

340 to overrate

341 to palate

342 to pander

343 to perplex

344 to petition

345 to rant

346 to reverb

347 to reword

348 to rival

349 to sate

350 to secure

351 to sire

352 to sneak

353 to squabble

354 to subcontract

355 to sully

356 to supervise

357 to swagger

358 to torture

359 to un muzzle

360 to unbosom

361 to uncurl

362 to undervalue

363 to undress

364 to unfool

365 to unhappy

366 to unsex

367 to widen

368 tortive

369 traditional

370 tranquil

371 transcendence

372 trippingly

373 unaccommodated

374 unappeased

375 unchanging

376 unclaimed

377 unearthy

378 uneducated

379 unfrequented

380 ungoverned

381 ungrown

382 unhelpful

383 unhidden

384 unlicensed

385 unmitigated

386 unmusical

387 unpolluted

388 unpublished

389 unquestionable

390 unquestioned

391 unreal

392 unrivaled

393 unscarred

394 unscratched

395 unsolicited

396 unsolicited

397 unsullied

398 unswayed

399 untutored

400 unvarnished

401 unvarnished

402 unwillingness

403 upstairs

404 useful

405 useless

406 valueless

407 varied

408 varletry

409 vasty

410 vulnerable

411 watchdog

412 water drop

413 water fly

414 well-behaved

415 well-bred

416 well-educated

417 well-read

418 wittolly

419 worn out

420 wry-necked

421 yelping

422 zany


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