102 Words You Never Knew Shakespeare Invented


Thanks to Shakespeare Online, here’s a list of 102 words that we as English-speakers can thank Shakespeare for.

And even if he didn’t coin them all, we can at least appreciate his immortalising and popularising them.

Each word links to the text it was first used in. Enjoy…

academe
accused
addiction
advertising
amazement
arouse
assassination
backing
bandit
bedroom
beached
besmirch
birthplace
blanket
bloodstained
barefaced
blushing
bet
bump
buzzer
caked
cater
champion
circumstantial
cold-blooded
compromise
courtship
countless
critic
dauntless
dawn
deafening
discontent
dishearten
drugged
dwindle
epileptic
equivocal
elbow
excitement
exposure
eyeball
fashionable
fixture
flawed
frugal
generous
gloomy
gossip
green-eyed
gust
hint
hobnob
hurried
impede
impartial
invulnerable
jaded
label
lacklustre
laughable
lonely
lower
luggage
lustrous
madcap
majestic
marketable
metamorphise
mimic
monumental
moonbeam
mountaineer
negotiate
noiseless
obscene
obsequiously
ode
olympian
outbreak
panders
pedant
premeditated
puking
radiance
rant
remorseless
savagery
scuffle
secure
skim milk
submerge
summit
swagger
torture
tranquil
undress
unreal
varied
vaulting
worthless
zany

Source: twentytwowords.com

If you want to learn more about William Shakespeare, read these:

  1. International Day of the Book – 23 April – William Shakespeare’s Birthday
  2. The Ides of March – What does it mean?
  3. Shakespearean Insult Kit
  4. Eight Phrases We Owe to William Shakespeare
  5. Words Shakespeare Invented

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