Shakespeare Glossary: E
EAGER: pungent; sour; ardent.
EAGLE: an ensign of the Roman army; an emblem of Jupiter.
EAGLE-SIGHTED: having sight strong enough to stare into the sun without going blind.
EAN: to yean; to bring forth young.
EANLING: a young lamb.
EAR: to plough.
EAR-KISSING: private; whispered.
EASILY: without difficulty; smoothly, freely.
EAVES: the clipt edge of a thatched roof.
EBB: to decline, decay.
EBON: black, ebony
EBREW: common spelling of Hebrew in the Renaissance.
ECHE: to eke out.
ECHO: mountain nymph (from Greek mythology).
ECSTASY: state of frenzy; extreme delight; madness.
E’ER: contraction of ‘ever’.
EFFECT (1): end result; drift, tenor; expression; intimation.
EFFECT (2): (vb.) to produce; to give effect.
EFFUSE: pouring out.
EFT: ready, convenient.
EFTSOONS: shortly, soon.
EGMA: used mistakenly for ‘enigma’ in LLL 3.1.75.
EGREGIOUS: very great.
EKE (1): to increase; to add; to supplement.
EKE (2): (avb.) also.
ELD: old age.
ELF: to mat the hair together.
EMBALLING: the ceremony of carrying the ball at a coronation (invented by Shk.).
EMBATTLE: to engage in combat.
EMBOSSED: swollen; foaming at the mouth.
EMBOWELLED: disembowelled, emptied.
EMBRUE: old spelling of ‘imbrue’.
EMINENCE: exalted station.
EMULATION: jealousy, mutiny.
ENCAVE: to place oneself in a cave.
ENCHAFED: excited, irritated.
END: conclusion, close; death, destruction.
ENFEOFF: to place in possession in fee simple.
ENGINE: a machine of war.
ENGLUT: to swallow.
ENGROSS: to write out in legal hand; to collect; to monopolize.
ENGROSSMENT: quantity collected.
ENKINDLE: to make keen.
ENLARD: to fatten.
ENMEW: to shut up, as a hawk is shut up in a mew.
ENSCONCE: to cover as with a fort.
ENSEAMED: fat, rank.
ENTERTAIN: to keep up; to treat; to occupy (time).
ENTERTAINMENT: way of spending time; reception of guests (treatment of guests).
EPHESIAN: a toper, a cant term.
EREWHILE: a short time since.
ESCOT: to pay a man’s reckoning, to maintain.
ESPERANCE: hope, used as a war-cry.
ESPIAL: a scout or spy.
EVEN: to equal.
EXAMINE: to question.
EXCREMENT: outgrowth (of hair).
EXECUTOR: an executioner.
EXERCISE: a religious service.
EXHALE: to hale or draw out.
EXHIBITION: allowance, pension.
EXIGENT: death, ending.
EXION: mistakenly used for “action” by Mrs. Quickly in 2KH4 2.1.34.
EXPEDIENCE: expedition, undertaking.
EXPEDIENT: expeditious, swift.
EXPIATE: to end.
EXPOSTULATE: to expound, discuss.
EXPRESS: to reveal.
EXPULSE: to expel.
EXTEND: to seize.
EXTENT: a seizure.
EXTIRP: to root out, extirpate.
EXTRAUGHT: extracted, descended.
EXTRAVAGANT: foreign, wandering.
EXTREMES: extravagance of conduct.
EYAS: a young hawk taken fromthe nest for training.
EYAS-MUSKET: ‘nest-bird’, used to mean ‘sprightly child’.
EYE: the organ of sight; attributed to the heavenly bodies; sight, a slight shade or tinge.
EYE: (vb.) to appear to the eye.
EYE-WINK, EYE-BEAM: look, glance.
EYE-GLASS: the lens of the eye.
EYESTRINGS: the nerves and tendons of the eyes.