Shakespeare Dictionary: 100 Words And Phrases Invented By William Shakespeare

Martin Pettitt

Even if you only read the Sparknotes’ versions of Shakespeare plays, there is a very good chance that you will recognize words and phrases that William Shakespeare coined. Here are fifty words and phrases that Shakespeare created which you may recognize or even use in your day to day vocabulary.

1. Auspicious

2. Baseless

3. Barefaced

4. Castigate

5. Clangor

6. Dexterously

7. Dwindle

8. Multitudinous

9. Sanctimonious

10. Watchdog

11. It’s Greek to me

12. Fair play

13. All that glitters isn’t gold

14. Wear one’s heart on one’s sleeve

15. Break the ice

16. A laughing stock

17. Too much of a good thing

18. In a pickle

19. Wild goose chase

20. Green-eyed monster

21. Seen better days

22. Off with his head

23. Forever and a day

24. Good riddance

25. Lie low

26. As good luck would have it

27. Love is blind

28. Heart of gold

29. Kill with kindness

30. As merry as the day is long

31. Bated breath

32. Be-all and end-all

33. Brave new world

34. Refuse to budge an inch

35. Crack of doom

36. A dish fit for the gods

37. Devil incarnate

38. Faint-hearted

39. For goodness’ sake

40. Foregone conclusion

41. Full circle

42. Knock, knock! Who’s there?

43. Addiction

44. Cold-blooded

45. Assassination

46. Bedazzled

47. Belongings

48. Eventful

49. Fashionable

50. Swagger

51. Eyeball

53. Hot-blooded

54. Inaudible

55. Ladybird

56. Manager

57. Pageantry

58. Scuffle

59. Uncomfortable

60. Accessible

61. Batty

62. Birth-place

63. Bloodstained

64. Brisky

65. Bump

66. Buzzer

67. Catlike

68. Chopped

69. Churchlike

70. Control

71. Countless

72. Dauntless

73. Day’s work

74. Defeat

75. Distrustful

76. Domineering

77. Enfranchisement

78. Expertness

79. Fanged

80. Featureless

81. Fixture

82. Foul-mouthed

83. Homely

84. Impartial

85. Informal

86. Jaded

87. Leakey

88. Manager

89. Misquote

90. Money’s worth

91. Obscene

92. Outbreak

92. Overview

93. Posture

94. Radiance

95. Shooting star

96. Title page

97. To gossip

98. Worn out

99. Yelping

100. Zany TC mark

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