Shakespeare’s Invented Words: Letter A

Links to Detailed Tables:

  1. Class 1 Words, Shakespeare Originals: all words, compound words, and phrases appearing for the first time in Shakespeare’s works.
  2. Class 1 Rejects: all words, compound words and phrases WRONGLY attributed to Shakespeare, including antedating citations and quotes.
  3. Class 1 Close Calls: all words, compound word and phrases which appeared in other author’s published works before they appeared in those of Shakespeare, but which may have still been written down first by Shakespeare, because the play may have been written prior to its appearance in another’s work.
  4. Class 2 Words: all prior-existing words which Shakespeare used for the first time in a different part of speech; also those Class 2 words WRONGLY attributed to Shakespeare.
  5. All Class 3 Words: prior existing words which Shakespeare used with the same part of speech, but gave a new meaning to.

I. Class 1 Words.

Words actually invented by Shakespeare, ie. words never before appearing in English writing prior to their appearance in the works of Shakespeare:

A

Words:

abrook
Academe
acerb
acture
adoptedly
adoptious
affectioned (entry adj.2, meaning “full of affectation”)
agued
abidance
airless
all hid3
allayment
allycholly
allycholly
alligator (entry n.2, meaning the reptile)
allons
allottery
annexment
anthropophaginian
apathaton
appearer
appertainment
argal
aroint
asinego
assubjugate
attask
attemptable
attributive

Compound Words:

after-eye
action-taking
after-loss
after-meeting
aglet-baby
ague-proof
air-drawn
ale-washed
All-Hallown Summer
all-licensed
all-praised
all-seer
all-shaking
all-shunned
all-telling
all-watched
alms drink
ape-bearer
arch-mock
arm-gaunt

Phrases:

note of admiration
affront with
take air
all for one and one for all
to live long on the alms-basket
of great article

 

Class 1 Letter A Shakespeare Yes