Shakespeare Lingo - It's A Thing. How Many Of These Words Do You Know?

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Do you speak Shakespeare?

How well do you know the language of Shakespeare? Find out by identifying the meaning of words used in the Bard's writing!

 Oct 26, 2018

1 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What does "anon" mean?
different
Never
Soon

2 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What word does "hither" best describe?
Here
Far
Away

3 of 18Choose Your Answer:

"Whence" means:
Where
What
Who

4 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What does "dost" mean?
Dust
Door
Do

5 of 18Choose Your Answer:

When something is "oft" it is:
Over
Off
Often

6 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What does "thine" mean?
Theirs
Mine
Yours

7 of 18Choose Your Answer:

To "bide" is to _____________.
Rush
Endure
Dismiss

8 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What does "hast" mean?
Has
Half
Hat

9 of 18Choose Your Answer:

"Aye" is another word for:
Eye
Yes
Axe

10 of 18Choose Your Answer:

A "knave" describes a:
A dishonest man
A knife
A heart

11 of 18Choose Your Answer:

"Nay" means:
Never
Near
No

12 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What is the meaning of the word "wilt"?
Droopy
Will
With

13 of 18Choose Your Answer:

"Hie" means:
Help
High
Hurry

14 of 18Choose Your Answer:

The word "haply" is defined as:
Always
Never
Perhaps

15 of 18Choose Your Answer:

"Ere" means:
Ear
Before
Error

16 of 18Choose Your Answer:

To "ope" is to:
Open
Eat
Kneel

17 of 18Choose Your Answer:

A "cur" is a:
Dog
Mouse
Frog

18 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What does "fie" mean?
Fife
For shame
Five
WOMEN.COM | Quiz Facts

For having written so very long ago—were talking about 600 years in the past—William Shakespeare STILL has a lock on storytelling. Now, that's a great writer!

From Macbeth to Hamlet and A Midsummer Nights' Dream to Romeo and Juliet, the Bard never ceases to influence scores of storytellers! But he's hard to get through—not because his stories aren't worth reading, but because they're hard to read! That's right—the English language has changed a lot over the past 600 years and Shakespeare wrote in what is known as Early Modern English. There are some words people recognize instantly, but others that are a little tricker. Just think of them as precursors to the words we've come to know and use. Some words in Early Modern English are root words to those we use today, while others an entirely different meaning!

If you love language and Shakespeare, do you think you can identify some very tricky words written in his era's tongue? If you think you have what it takes, take this quiz to determine the meanings of the words used by Shakespeare and find out how much you really know about his stories.

By playing a Women.com quiz, you will not only enjoy yourself, but you'll flex your mind's muscles too! You're exposing it to new things and while you probably know all the answers here—you ARE a trivia guru, after all—there is a chance you may learn something you DIDN'T know. Wouldn't that be great? And everyone can use a little extra knowledge, don't you think?