Shakespeare Glossary: D
DAEDALUS: mythical figure in Greek history, said to have created the saw, the axe, the augur, and glue. He created a pair of wings and flew safely over the Aegean sea.
DAFF: to put off; to push; to thrust aside.
DAISIED: full of daisies.
DALLIANCE: procrastination; idle delay.
DAMASK: the color of the damask rose.
DAME: mistress of a household; woman of rank; mother.
DAMN: to condemn.
DAMP: fog, mist.
DAN: lord, master.
DANGER: reach, control, power.
DANKISH: dank, humid.
DANSKERS: Danes (Hamlet, 2.1).
DAPHNE: a beautiful nymph loved by Apollo and Leucippus. The gods turned her into a laurel tree.
DARE: to challenge; boldness.
DARK HOUSE: a mad house.
DARKLING: in the dark.
DARKNESS: nighttime; death.
DARTING: shooting darts.
DASH: to frustrate; to set aside.
DAUB: to disguise, cover; to smear; to color.
DAY-WOMAN: a dairy-maid.
DEAD-KILLING: mortal; deadly.
DEADLY: death-like; mortally.
DEAD-STANDING: eyes fixed and staring like the dead.
DEBOSHED: debauched, drunken.
DECK (1): to bedew. This is probably a form of the verb.
DECK (2): a pack of cards.
DECLINE: to incline or lean; to bend.
DEEM: doom, judgment.
DEFEAT (1): to undo, destroy.
DEFEAT (2): destruction.
DEFENCE: art of fencing.
DEFEND: to forbid.
DEFENSIBLE: having the power to defend.
DEFICIENT: failing; fainting.
DEFY: to challenge; to reject.
DEFUSE: disorder (King Lear, 1.4).
DEFUSED: deformed; shapeless.
DEGREES: a step.
DELAY: to let slip by delaying.
DEMERIT: merit, desert.
DENIER: the 12th part of a French sol coin.
DENY: to refuse.
DEPART: to part.
DEPARTING: parting, separation.
DEPEND: to be in service.
DERIVED: born, descended.
DERIVATIVE: inheritance (Winter’s Tale, 3.2).
DESCANT: a melody.
DESIGN: to draw up articles.
DESPATCH: to deprive, bereave.
DESPERATE: determined, bold.
DETECT: to charge, blame.
DETERMINE: to conclude.
DEVEST: to undress.
DICH: a corruption of “do it.”
DIET (1): course of life; regimen; food.
DIET (2): to feed; to prescribe a diet for.
DIGRESSING: transgressing, going out of the right way.
DIG-YOU-GOOD-DEN: give you good evening.
DILDO: the chorus or burden of a song.
DIRECTION: judgment, skill.
DISABLE: to disparage.
DISCASE: to undress.
DISCONTENT: a malcontent.
DISCOURSE: power of reasoning.
DISEDGE: to reduce the appetite.
DISLIMN: to disfigure, transform.
DISME: a tenth or tithe.
DISPARK: to destroy a park.
DISPONGE, DISPUNGE: to squeeze out as from a sponge.
DISPOSE (1): disposal.
DISPOSE (2): to conspire.
DISPUTABLE: inclined to dispute.
DISPUTE: to discuss; to resist.
DISSEMBLY: Dogberry’s misuse of the word assembly (Much Ado 4.2.1).
DISTAIN: to soil; to stain; defile.
DISTANCE: disagreement; hostility; not close.
DISTASTE: to have no taste for; cause disgust.
DISTRACTION: division, detachment.
DISTRAUGHT: distracted, mad.
DIVERTED: turned from the natural course.
DIVISION: a phrase or passage in a melody.
DIVULGED: published, spoken of.
DOFF: to put off.
DOG-APE: a male ape.
DOG-DAYS: hottest days of the year, corresponding to the rising of the Dog-star.
DOIT: a small Dutch coin.
DOLE: share, portion; destiny.
DONE: ‘agreed!’; ruined, lost.
DOTANT: one who dotes, a dotard.
DOUT: to do out, quench.
DOWLAS: a kind of coarse sacking.
DOWLE: the swirl of a feather.
DOWN-GYVED: hanging down like gyves or fetters.
DRAB: a harlot.
DRAUGHT: a privy.
DRAWN: having his sword drawn.
DRAWN: drunk, having taken a good draught.
DRIVE: to rush impetuously.
DROLLERY: a puppet-show.
DRUMBLE: to dawdle.
DRY: severe, hard; dull, stupid; thirsty.
DUC-DAME: perhaps the Latin duc-ad-me, “bring him to me”, but usually regarded as a nonsense word.
DUDGEON: a dagger.
DULL: not quick or sharp; slow, heavy, drowsy; gloomy; blunt.
DULL-EYED: having the eyes dimmed; wanting.
DUMP: mournful melody; tune in general.
DUN: an old Christian game in which a heavy log was carried by the players; the color of a mouse.
DUP: to open.
DUST: particle of dust.
DUTEOUS: dutiful; submissive.
DWELL: to remain; to stand on.
DWINDLE: to become smaller and smaller; waste away; shrink (invented by Shk., Macbeth 1.3).