Shakespeare's Invented Words: the Master List

WHAT FOLLOWS is the complete list of stand-alone words that current research suggests appear in the English written record for the first time in a Shakespeare play or poem.
A
 
  1. abrook 
  2. Academe 
  3. acerb 
  4. acture 
  5. adoptedly 
  6. adoptious 
  7. affectioned 
    (entry adj. 2) 
  8. agued 
  9. aidance 
  10. airless 
  11. all hid 
  12. allayment 
  13. allicholly 
  14. alligator (entry n.2) 
  15. allons 
  16. allottery 
  17. annexment 
  18. anthropophaginian 
  19. apathaton 
  20. appearer 
  21. appertainment 
  22. argal 
  23. aroint 
  24. asinego 
  25. assubjugate 
  26. attask 
  27. attemptable 
  28. attributive 
 
B
 
  1. barful 
  2. barky 
  3. basta 
  4. bateless 
  5. batler 
  6. Bavian 
  7. bawcock 
  8. behowl 
  9. belee 
  10. bemadding 
  11. bemock 
  12. bemocked 
  13. bemonster 
  14. bepray 
  15. bescreen 
  16. besmirch 
  17. besmirched 
  18. besort (noun) 
  19. besort (verb) 
  20. betrim 
  21. betumbled 
  22. bewasted 
  23. bewitchment 
  24. biddy 
  25. birthdom 
  26. bitter-sweeting 
  27. blastment 
  28. boggler 
  29. bosky 
  30. bottled 
  31. bragless 
  32. brainsickly 
  33. brimfulness 
  34. brisky 
  35. bubukle 
  36. budger 
  37. buggle-boo


  1. canary (entry n.4)
  2. cannibally
  3. canopied
  4. cardinally
  5. carlot
  6. cerement
  7. chaffless
  8. chaliced
  9. chapeless
  10. characterless
  11. charneco
  12. childness
  13. chirurgeonly
  14. choppy
  15. churchlike
  16. cital
  17. climature
  18. cloyless
  19. cloyment
  20. codding
  21. cojoin
  22. collied
  23. comart
  24. combless
  25. comeddled
  26. comutual
  27. compulsative
  28. compulsatory
  29. compunctious
  30. conceptious
  31. concernancy
  32. confineless
  33. confirmity
  34. congree
  35. congreet
  36. conspectuity
  37. continuantly
  38. copataine
  39. correctioner
  40. corresponsive
  41. co-supreme
  42. crestless
  43. crimeful
  44. cubiculo
  45. cullionly
  46. cursorary
  47. cyme

D

  1. daisied
  2. dateless
  3. dead man's finger
  4. deceptious
  5. definement
  6. defunctive
  7. demi-puppet
  8. denotement
  9. deracinate
  10. derogately
  11. devotement
  12. diable
  13. dich
  14. directitude
  15. disbench
  16. discandy
  17. discandying
  18. discase
  19. disedge
  20. disinsanity
  21. disliken
  22. dislimn
  23. disorb
  24. disproperty
  25. dispurse
  26. disquantity
  27. distilment
  28. disvouch
  29. dotant
  30. dowerless
  31. drollery
  32. droplet
  33. dropsied
  34. dwindle
 
 
  1. effectless
  2. egma
  3. emballing
  4. embrasure
  5. empatron
  6. empiricutic
  7. enacture
  8. encompassment
  9. encrimsoned
  10. end (entry vb. 2)
  11. enhearse
  12. enmesh
  13. enrapt
  14. enridged
  15. enschedule
  16. ensky
  17. enswathe
  18. entame (entry vb. 2)
  19. entwist
  20. enwheel
  21. escot
  22. eventful
  23. evil (entry n. 2)
  24. exceptless
  25. excitement
  26. exion
  27. exposture
  28. exposure
  29. expressure
  30. exsufflicate
  31. extincture
  32. extolment

 

F

 

  1. fascinorious
  2. fangless
  3. fap
  4. fathomless
  5. fedarie
  6. felicitate
  7. fer
  8. festinately
  9. fill (noun 2)
  10. finless
  11. fishify
  12. fitful
  13. fitment
  14. fives (noun 1)
  15. fixture
  16. fleckled
  17. fleshment
  18. forgetive
  19. foutre
  20. fub
  21. fustilarian

 

G

 

  1. gally
  2. gar
  3. glib (verb 2)
  4. gratility
  5. greasily
  6. guardage
  7. guessingly
  8. guiltily

 

H

 

  1. hardock
  2. hay (noun 5)
  3. hedgepig
  4. herblet
  5. hic jacet
  6. hillo
  7. hist

 

I

 

  1. illume
  2. immediacy
  3. immoment
  4. impaint
  5. impartment
  6. imperceiverant
  7. impeticos
  8. impleach
  9. implorator
  10. importless
  11. impress (noun 2)
    impress (verb 1)
  12. inaidable
  13. incardinate
  14. inclip
  15. incorpsed
  16. increaseful
  17. indistinguishable
  18. indistinguished
  19. infamonize
  20. infectiously
  21. inhoop
  22. injoint
  23. inscroll
  24. inshell
  25. insinew
  26. insisture
  27. instinctively
  28. insultment
  29. insuppresive
  30. intenible
  31. interchain
  32. intertissued
  33. intrenchant
  34. intrince
  35. inurn
  36. inventorially
  37. investment
  38. invised
  39. irregulous
  40. iterance
J

  1. Joan 
  2. joinder 
  3. jointress 
  4. juvenal 
K

  1. keksyes
  2. keech
  3. kickie-wickie
  4. kingdomed

 

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