13 Words first penned by Shakespeare

As we all know, Shakespeare wrote a lot of words.  Many of which he made up on the fly, or simply was the first one to actually write them done.  Regardless, he alone added somewhere upwards of 5,000+ words and phrases to the English language.  Some of these, we use every day.  Here’s a list of 13 words first penned by Shakespeare:
13 words penned by Shakespeare

Gloomy

Quote: “Forced in the ruthless, vast, and gloomy woods?” – Titus Andronicus

Laughable

Quote: “Though Nestor swear the jest be laughable.” – The Merchant of Venice

Majestic

Quote: “This is a most majestic vision” – The Tempest

Lonely

Quote: “Believe’t not lightly – though I go alone / Like to a lonely dragon that his fen -Coriolanus

Radiance

Quote: “For by the sacred radiance of the sun” – King Lear

Hurry

Quote: “Lives, honors, lands, and all hurry to loss.” – Henry VI Part 1

Generous

Quote: “Free me so far in your most generous thoughts / That I have shot mine arrow o’er the house / And hurt my brother.” – Hamlet

Frugal

Quote: “Chid I for that at frugal Nature’s frame?” – Much Ado About Nothing

Critical

Quote: “For I am nothing if not critical” – Othello

Courtship

Quote: “To courtship and such fair ostents of love” – The Merchant of Venice

Zany

Quote: “Some carry-tale, some please-man, some slight zany” – Love’s Labour’s Lost

Undress

Quote: “Madam, undress you and come now to bed.” – The Taming of the Shrew

Rant

Quote:”I’ll rant as well as thou.” – Hamlet

 

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