Picture of the Letter W
 

Letter W

  • Elizabethan online dictionary containing words beginning with the Letter W
  • Interesting facts, information and meanings of Old English words beginning with the Letter W
  • The old English Letter W

Picture of the Letter W

Letter W

 

The Letter W
The Elizabethan alphabet contained just 24 old English letters as opposed to the 26 letters used in the modern English alphabet. The following picture of the Letter W of the modern English alphabet is depicted in an ornate style typical of those used with old English letters.

 
 
 

Picture of the Letter W
An old style Letter W

Elizabethan Words beginning with the Letter W
The following dictionary contains old Elizabethan words and their meanings beginning with Letter W. If you find some words amusing click the following link to have FUN with some insults from the Elizabethan Era.   Shakespearean Insults Generator

 
   

Elizabethan Words beginning with the
Letter
W

   
WAFT 
to wave, beckon To turn, float 
WAFTAGE 
passage 
WAFTURE 
waving, beckoning 
WAGE 
to reward as with wages 
WAILFUL 
lamentable 
WAIST 
the middle of a ship 
  WANNION 
'with a vengeance.' 
WAPPENED 
withered, overworn 
WARD 
Prison guard 
WARDEN 
a large pear used for baking 
WARDER 
truncheon 
WARN 
to summon 
  WASSAIL 
a drinking bout, Festivity 
WAT 
a familiar word for a hare 
WATCH 
a watch light 
WATCH 
to tame by keeping constantly awake 
WATER-GALL 
a secondary rainbow 
WATER-RUG 
a kind of dog 
 

Elizabethan Words beginning with the Letter W

 
WATER-WORK 
painting in distemper 
WAX 
to grow 
WAXEN 
to hiccough 
WEALTH 
weal, advantage 
WEAR 
fashion 
WEATHER-FEND 
to defend from the weather 
WEB AND PIN 
the cataract in the eye 
  WEE 
small, tiny, to think 
WEED 
garment 
WEET 
to wit, know 
WEIGH OUT 
to outweigh 
WELKIN 
the sky 
WELL-LIKING 
in good condition 
WEND 
to go 
 
 

Elizabethan Words beginning with the Letter W

 
WESAND 
the wind-pipe 
WHELKED 
marked with whelks or protuberances 
WHEN 
an exclamation of impatience 
WHIFFLER 
an officer who clears the way in processions 
WHILE-ERE 
a little while ago 
WHILES 
until 
WHIP-STOCK 
handle of a whip 
WHIST 
hushed, silent 
WHITE 
the centre of an archery butt 
WHITELY 
pale-faced
WHITING-TIME 
bleaching time 
WHITSTER 
bleacher 
WHITTLE 
a clasp knife
WHOO-BUB 
hubbub 
WHOOP 
to cry out with astonishment 
WICKED 
noisome, baneful 
WIDOW 
to give a jointure to 
WIDOWHOOD 
widow's jointure 
  WIGHT 
person 
WILD 
weald 
WILDERNESS 
wildness 
WIMPLED 
veiled, hooded 
WINDOW-BARS 
lattice-work across a woman's stomacher 
WINDRING 
winding 
WINTER-GROUND 
to protect (a plant) from frost 
WISH 
to commend
WISTLY 
wistfully 
WIT 
knowledge, wisdom 
WITHOUT 
beyond
WITS 
five, the five senses 
WITTOL 
a contented cuckold 
WITTY 
intelligent 
WOMAN-TIRED 
hen-pecked 
WONDERED 
marvellously gifted 
WOOD 
mad 
WOODCOCK 
a simpleton 
WOODMAN 
a forester, huntsman
  WOOLWARD 
shirtless
WORLD 
'To go to the world' is to get married So 'a woman of the world' is a married woman
WORM 
a serpent 
WORSER 
worse 
WORSHIP 
to honour 
WORTH 
wealth, fortune 
WORTS 
cabbages 
WOT 
to know 
WOUND 
twisted about 
WREAK 
to avenge 
WREAKFUL 
revengeful, avenging 
WREST 
an instrument used for tuning a harp 
WRIT 
gospel, truth 
WRITHLED 
shrivelled 
WROTH 
calamity, misfortune 
WRUNG 
twisted, strained 
WRY 
to swerve 
 

Interesting examples of Elizabethan Words beginning with the Letter W
The above examples of old Elizabethan words beginning with Letter W are fascinating.
The language and vocabulary had not been formalised in the Elizabethan era. New words, some beginning with the Letter W were still being invented. Elizabethan dictionaries were not available - it was not possible to look up the spellings or meanings of Elizabethan words beginning with the Letter W . Old Elizabethan words were therefore spelt and written in a variety of different formats. The above online dictionary containing old Elizabethan words beginning with the Letter W provide a valuable reference source when studying the literary works and plays of famous Elizabethan authors such as William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe.

Elizabethan Language Guide - An Elizabethan Online Dictionary
Click the following links to access more information about the old English Elizabethan Language and the Elizabethan Online Dictionary for an easy to follow Elizabethan language guide.

Elizabethan Online Dictionary
Elizabethan Language
Elizabethan Insults
Elizabethan Education - Schools and Universities

 

Letter W

  • Elizabethan online dictionary containing words beginning with the Letter W
  • Interesting facts, information and meanings of Old English words beginning with the Letter W
  • The old English Letter W
  • Elizabethan online dictionary containing words beginning with the Letter W
  • The old English Letter W

 
 

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