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?
Soon
Never
different

2 of 18Choose Your Answer:

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

3 of 18Choose Your Answer:

"Whence" means:
Where
Who
What

4 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What does "dost" mean?
Do
Door
Dust

5 of 18Choose Your Answer:

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

6 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What does "thine" mean?
Yours
Theirs
Mine

7 of 18Choose Your Answer:

To "bide" is to _____________.
Dismiss
Endure
Rush

8 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What does "hast" mean?
Half
Hat
Has

9 of 18Choose Your Answer:

"Aye" is another word for:
Eye
Axe
Yes

10 of 18Choose Your Answer:

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

11 of 18Choose Your Answer:

"Nay" means:
Near
Never
No

12 of 18Choose Your Answer:

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

13 of 18Choose Your Answer:

"Hie" means:
High
Help
Hurry

14 of 18Choose Your Answer:

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

15 of 18Choose Your Answer:

"Ere" means:
Before
Ear
Error

16 of 18Choose Your Answer:

To "ope" is to:
Open
Kneel
Eat

17 of 18Choose Your Answer:

A "cur" is a:
Frog
Dog
Mouse

18 of 18Choose Your Answer:

What does "fie" mean?
For shame
Five
Fife
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?