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woman was, therefore, considered as a grievous affront. . . . Earle, in his character of a scold says, 'There's nothing mads or moves her more to outrage, then but the very naming of a wispe, or if you sing or whistle while she is scoulding.' Microcosmog. p. 278, ed. Bliss. • Nay, worse, I'll stain thy ruff; nay, worse than that, I'll do thus.
(Holds a wisp. M. Fost. Oh my heart, gossip, do you see this? was ever Woman thus abus'd”
A New Wonder, A Woman never ver'd, by W. Rowley, 1632. So perfyte and exacte a scoulde that women mighte geve place,
Whose tatling tongues had won a wispe.' Drant's Horace, Sat. 7. A wispe appears to have been one badge of the scolding woman in the ceremony of Skimmington . .
Good gentle Jone, with-holde thy hands,
This once let me entreat thee,
That thou shalt mind to beat me:
Pleasures of Poetry, cited by Malone.” Nares's Gloss. (in which article Nares is indebted to Steevens as
well as to Malone). wist, knes, v. 55. wistly, w stfully, eagerly, iv. 177 ; viii. 250, 326, 456. wit, the mental power, wisdom, sense : Hath the fellow any wit that
told you this ? ii. 83 ; who would set his wit to so foolish a bird? ii. 289; Where will doth mutiny with wit's regard, iv. 123; of an excellent And unmatch'd wit and judgment, v. 519; Hector shall not have his vit this year, vi. 11 ; Where is my wit? vi. 51 ; Upon her wit doth earthly honour wait, vi. 297 ; our empress, with her sacred wit (see sacred wit, &c.), vi. 300; He that had wit would think, &c.
vi. 302; brerity is the soul of wit, vii. 134. wit, contrivance, stratagem : my admirable dexterity of wit, i. 406 ;
Let me, if not by birth, have lands by wit, vii. 262. wit, to know: Now please you wit The epitaph, &c. viii. 55; As witting
I no other comfort have, v. 33. wit enough to keep himself warm-If he have, ii. 76; Am I not wise?
Kath. Yes; keep you warm, iii. 135 : “ Such a one has wit enough to keep himself warm is a proverbial expression (sufficiently obscure]"
(STEEVENS). 6 Wit, whither wilt?” iii. 58: A proverbial expression, not unfre
quent in writers of the time. witch, a wizard, a charmer : such a holy witch, That he enchants
societies into him, vii. 655. witch-I forgive thee for a, vii. 500 : “From a common proverbial
reproach to silly ignorant females, – You'll never be burnt for a
witch'" (STEEVENS). with, equivalent to by: unfolded With one that I have bred? vii.
592. with himself-He is not, He is not himself, he is beside himself,
vi. 293 (“Vix sum apud me, ita animus commotu'st metu,” &c.
Terence, Andria, v. iv. 34). with that face? see face ?-With that. without contradiction, suffer the report-Which may, " Which, un
doubtedly, may be publicly told” (Johnson), vii. C45. witness'd usurpation-A, "An attestation of its ravage" (STEE
vexs), iv. 316. wits-Four of his five, ii. 76; your five wits, iii. 382 ; our five wits, vi.
402 ; my whole five [wits], vi. 420; thy five wits, vii. 300, 306; my five wits nor my five senses, viii. 419: “The wits seem to have been reckoned five, by analogy to the five senses, or the five inlets of ideas” (Johnson): “From Stephen Hawes's poem called Graunde Amoure (and La Belle Pucel], ch. xxiv. edit. 1554, it appears that the five wits were common wit, imagination, fantasy, estimation [i.e. judgment], and memory.' Wit in our author's time was the general term for the intellectual power" (MALONE): But sundry passages might be adduced from early writers, who considered the five wits to be the five senses (see, for instance, the passage from the interlude of The Four Elements cited by Percy on act iii. sc. 4 of King Lear apud the Varior. Shakespeare; and the passages from Larke's Book of Wisdom and King Henry the Eighth's Primer in Hunter's New Illust. of Shakespeare, vol. ii. p. 271); though in the second of the above quotations from Shakespeare, iii. 382, wits cannot mean senses, and in the last of them, viii. 419, he
expressly makes a distinction between wits and senses. wit-snapper, “one who affects repartee” (Johnson's Dict.), ii.
393. wittol-cuckold, a tame, contented cuckold, i. 372. wittoly, cuckoldly, i. 371. witty, knowing, sagacious, of sound judgment: Witty, courteous,
liberal, v. 244; The deep-revolving witty Buckingham, v. 420 ; you
must be witty now, vi. 48; our witly empress, vi. 327. woe, woful, sorry: I'm woe for't, i. 230; Woe, woe are we, vii. 580 ;
Woe is my heart, vii. 721; If thinking on me then should make you
woe, viii. 384.
woe to that land that's govern'd by a child ! v. 389: “Woe to thee, ()
land, when thy king is a child." Ecclesiastes, x. 16. woman-If I were a, &c. iii. 77: It must be remembered that in
Shakespeare's time female characters were performed by boys or
young men. woman me, “affect me suddenly and deeply, as my sex are usually
affected” (STEEVEXS), iii. 244. woman of the world-A : see world—A woman of the. woman'd, accompanied, haunted by a woman, vii. 435. woman-queller : see man-queller, &c. woman-tir'd, woman-pecked, hen-pecked, üi. 445: see first tire. wombs, encloses, contains, iii. 480. womby, hollow, capacious, iv. 448. wonder'd, able to effect wonders, marvellously gifted : So rare a
wonder'd father, i. 221 : see note 101, i. 252. wood, mad: like a wood woman, i. 279 ; wood within this wood, ii.
279; raging-wood, v. 64; frenzies wood, viii. 264. woodbine, the bindweed, the convolvulus : So doth the woodbine
the sweet honeysuckle Gently entwine; the female ivy 80 Enrings the barky fingers of the elm, ii. 305: On the words in Jonson's Vision of Delight,
With honeysuckle,” &c., Gifford remarks ; “This passage settles the meaning of the speech of Titania in Midsummer-Night's Dream .... The woodbine of Shakespeare is the blue bindweed of Jonson: in many of our counties the woodbine is still the name for the great convolvulus." Jonson's Works, vol. vii. p. 308: My friend the late Rev. John Mitford, an excellent botanist, who at one time had maintained in print that Gifford's explanation of “woodbine" was wrong, aeknowledged at last that it was the only true one. (What an odd notion of poetic composition must those interpreters have who maintain that here woodbine and honeysuckle are put in apposition as meaning the same plant—and who, of course, consider entwine to be an intransitive verb !-a notion which Mr. Beisly (Shakspere's Garden, &c. p. 37) thus most ridiculously amplifies ; “The name 'woodbine' denotes its character as a climbing plant; 'honeysuckle' the pro
perty of the flower, which contains a sweet juice"!) woodcock, a cant term for a simpleton (the woodcock being pro
verbial as a foolish bird, perhaps because it is easily caught in springes or in nets), ii. 133; iii. 125, 259, 357; woodcocks, ii. 199;
vii. 118. wooden 0 : see second 0. wooden thing - A, “An awkward business, an undertaking not
likely to succeed” (STEEVENS), v. 71.
woodman, a forester, a huntsman ("" seems to have been an at
tendant or servant to the officer called Forrester. See Manwood on the Forest Laws, 4to, 1615, p. 46," REED): prov'd best wood
man, vii. 690; He is no woodman, viii. 303. woodman, one who hunts female game, a wencher : Am I a wood
man, ha? i. 411 ; a better woodman than thou takest him for, i. 503. woollen – Lie in the, ii. 86: “I suppose she means — between
blankets, without sheets” (STEEVENS). woolward for penance—I go, ii. 230: To go woolward was to wear
woollen, instead of linen, next the skin,-a penance often formerly enjoined by the Church of Rome.
Exchange Ware at the Second Hand, &c. 1615, sig. B.) woo't, for wilt, vii. 199 (five times), 561, 582. word, a watch-word: Now to my word; It is, “ Adieu," &c. vii. 125
(on which passage Steevens remarks, “Hamlet alludes to the watchword given every day in military service, which at this time he says is Adieu, adieu ! remember me! So in The Devil's Charter, a tragedy [by B. Barnes], 1607, ‘Now to my watch-word"); Give the
word. Edg. Sweet marjoram. Lear. Pass, vii. 324. word, a motto: The word, Lux, &c. viii. 25; The word, Me pompe,
&c. ibid. ; The word, Quod me, &c. ibid. word-I moralize tro meanings in one : see moralize. words me~He, He plies me with words, vii. 592. work, "a term of fortification” (STEEVENS): and let 'em win the
work, v. 569. workings, “labours of thought” (Steevens): our dull workings,
iv. 370. workings, acts : mock your workings in a second body (" treat with
contempt your acts executed by a representative,” Johnson), iv.
391. world-To go to the, To be married, to commence housekeeper, iii.
215; Thus goes every one to the world but I, ii. 93. world-A woman of the, A married woman, iii. 70: see the preced.
ing article. world may laugh again—The, v. 141 : “The world may look again
favourably upon me” (Johnson); “ Equivalent to-Fortune may
smile again" (STAUNTON). world to see—It is a, It is a wonder to see, ii. 117; iii. 137 (This
expression was in use as early as the time of Skelton, who has in his Bowge of Courte, “ It is a worlde, I saye, to here of some."
Works, vol. i. p. 47, ed. Dyce:
and it is found even in the Second Volume of Strype's Annals of the Reform., which was first published in 1725, and must have been written only a few years earlier ; " But it was a world to consider, what unjust oppressions of the people and the poor this occasioned, by some griping men, that were concerned therein."
p. 209). world-without-end bargain - A, “An everlasting bargain"
(MALONE), ii. 233; the world-without-end hour, " the tedious hour,
that seems as if it never would end” (MALONE), viii. 377. worm, a serpent: the soft and tender fork Of a poor worm, i. 477; a
worm, an adder, do so much, ii. 293; The mortal worm, v. 160; eyeless venom'd worm (the blind-worm), vi. 555 ; the worm, that's fled, vii. 39; the pretty worm of Nilus, vii. 594; all the worms of Nile,
vii. 680. worm, used in the sense of "creature," as a term of commiseration,
sometimes of contempt: Poor worm, thou art infected, i. 208; the poor worm doth die fort, viii. 9; to reprove these worms for loving,
ii. 201 ; you froward and unable worms, iii. 179. wormwood to my dug-Laid, In order to wean the child, vi. 398. worship, honour, dignity: reard to worship, iii. 429; the worship
of revenge, iv. 59; the slightest worship of his time, iv. 257 ; give me worship and quietness, v. 293 ; A8 I belong to worship, v. 485; Wherein the worship ("dignity, authority," JOHNSON) of the whole world lies, vii. 578; The worships of their name, vii. 270 (see note
36, vii. 353). worship, to honour, to dignify: worship me their lord, v. 171 ; Not
worshipp'd with a waxen epitaph, iv. 431 (see waxen epitaph, &c.). worth, substance, wealth : To be of worth and worthy estimation, i.
281; But, were my worth, as is my conscience, firm, iii. 367; They are but beggars that can count their worth, vi. 426 ; all my outward
worth, vii. 320 : see note 28, i. 328. worth Of contradiction-His, vi. 195 : see note 151, vi. 261. worthied him, rendered him worthy, vii. 281. Worthies — The Nine, ii. 210 (twice); iv. 347 : “The genuine
worthies were Joshua, David, Judas Macabeus, Hector, Alexander, Julius Cæsar, Arthur, Charlemagne, and Godfrey of Bulloigne, or sometimes in his room Guy of Warwick. Why Shakespeare, in the five of them only whom he has introduced by name, has included
Hercules and Pompey, remains to be accounted for” (Douce). worthy feeding—A, iii. 471 : see note 104, iii. 521. worts, all kinds of pot-herbs, and sometimes, as in the present
passage, with a more confined signification,-coleworts, cabbages : Good worts! good cabbage, i. 348 (where Falstaff is ridiculing Sir Hugh's pronunciation of words).