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destroy. Cf. Hamlet, iv. 5. 20, "So full of artless jealousy is guilt, It spills itself in fearing to be spilt".
stelled (iii. 7. 60), starry, stellate. Lat. stellatus, stella, a star. Schmidt and Craig take it to mean "fixed": cf. Sonnets, xxiv. 1,"Mine eye hath played the painter and hath stell'd Thy beauty's form", and Lucrece, 1444, To find a face where all distress is stell'd".
suggestion (ii. 1. 73), under hand action: the usual meaning of the word in Shakespeare. Cf. suggest, to prompt, incite criminally. M.E. suggesten, from p. part. of Lat. suggerere, literally 'to carry or lay under', sub+gerere. Suggest and suggestion are commonly used in a bad sense in E.E.
tell (ii. 4. 52), count. M.E. tellen, O.E. tellan, to count, narrate.
tithing (iii. 4. 124), district. Originally a district containing ten families. O.E. teada, a tenth.
treachers (i. 2. 115), traitors. M.E. trecchour, trychor, O.Fr. trecher, to cheat; ultimately of Teutonic origin: cognate with trick. This is the only instance
of the word in Shakespeare, but it was common in E.E.
trowest (i. 4. 117), believest. M.E. trowen, O.E. treówian, to have trust in, treówa, trust.
tucket (ii. 1, stage direction), a flourish on a trumpet or cornet. Cf. Henry V, iv. 2, 35, "Then let the trumpets sound The tucket sonance and the note to mount". It. toccata, from toccare, to touch.
vaunt-couriers (iii. 2. 5), forerunners. Fr. avant-coureur (see avaunt). Cf. the contraction in van, vanguard (Fr. avant-garde).
villain (iii. 7. 77), servant. O. Fr. vilein, Low Lat. villanus, a farm-servant; villa, a farmhouse. The word has here its original sense, but the current degraded sense 'scoundrel' is the more common in Shakespeare (e.g. i. 2. 149).
whiles (ii. 3. 5; iv. 2. 58), strictly the genitive of while, time, used adverbially. Cf. twice, from twi-es. This old genitive survives in whilst.
worships (i. 4. 257), dignities, credit. M.E. worschip, wurdscipe, O.E. weordscipe, wyrdscipe, honour: a contraction of worthship, the th being lost in the fourteenth century.
sliver, iv. 2. 34.
sop o' the moonshine, ii. 2. 28.
square of sense, the most
success, v. 3. 194.
Abbott, Shakespearian Gram-
antecedent, omission of the,
ii. 1. 123.
as, omission of, i. 1. 204.
Bartholomew Fair, Ben Jon-
be in Early English, uses of,
Bell-man of London, Dekker's,
brains used in the singular,
Capell, i. 4. 16, 17.
double, i. 1. 71.
contractions, euphonic, i. 4. 99;
Craig, W. J., i. 1. 110; i. 2. 134;
Declaration of Popish Impos-
tures, Harsnet's, ii. 4. 53, 54;
-ed in past participles, i. 1. 253;
ellipsis, examples of, i. 1. 204;
ethic dative, example of, i. 2.
Euphues, Lyly's, ii. 2. 155, 156.
fish on Fridays, the Roman
Gargantua and Pantagruel,
gerundial infinitive, ii. 4. 107.
Hanmer, ii. 2. 155, 156.