Shakespeare Glossary

(Nares: “This is in allusion to an old play, entitled Soliman and Perseda, in which a foolish knight, called Basilisco, speaking of his own name, adds, Knight, good fellow, knight, knight. And is answered immediately, Knave, good fellow, knave, knave”)
Childishfoolish like a child
Dagonet-a foolish knight at the court of King Arthur
 Drivelling-doting, foolish

Folly-fallen-grown foolish
Fool-The gerund –ing, substantively, == jesting in the style of a fool
Fool’shead-the emblems of a fool on the head
Fool-born or Fool-borne?foolish from the birth, or tolerated by none but fools? (O. Edd. always borne, never born)
 Foolishwitty; wise in folly and foolish in wisdom

Fop- subst. a fool, a dunce
Gratillity-a word framed by the fool; corrupted from gratuity?
Greenly-novice-like, sheepishly, foolishly

Idiot-a stupid person, a natural, a fool

Idiot-worshipper-one who worships fools


Impeticos-a word coined by the fool, meaning in pocket or something like it
Jester-a buffoon, a licensed fool
 Lean-witted-stupid, foolish
Lout-subst. an awkward and foolish fellow, a bumpkin
Louted-made a fool of
Mad-headed; Mad-brained-wild, foolish
Madonna-the address used by the fool to Olivia
Motley-a fool
 Motley-minded-having the habits, though not the dress, of a jester; foolish
Nuncle-the customary address of a licensed fool to his superiors (Nares)
Pantaloon-an old fool; a standing character of the Italian comedy
Party-coated; Parti-Colored=dressed in a coat of divers colours, like a fool
Peevishfond wayward or silly and foolish
Ride-to treat at will, to tease, to make a fool of
Unfool-to make satisfaction for calling one a fool, to make the reproach of folly undone
Unreasonablenot agreeable to reason, absurd, foolish
Wildly-inconsiderately, foolishly
Wiseman-(spelt as one word in O. Edd. and accentuated on the first syllable) one not a fool or a madman