A General Glossary
of Tudor Vocabulary

 

The first word listed is the Tudor term,
followed by it's modern English definition.

 

Tudor Word

Modern English Definition

Address

To make ready

Addressed

Read

Affect

Love

Affections

Passions or desires

Anon

Soon

Antiquity

Old age

Apprehensive

Quick to understand

Argument

Subject for a conversation

Aught

Should

Woe

Misery or calamity

Bairn

Child

Bestowed

Left, Stowed, or Lodged

Teem

To pour out

Cain colored

Yellow

Candle wasters

All night partiers

Capricious

Lascivious

Carl

Clown or husbandman

Carlot

Peasant

Knacker’d

Broken

Case

Skin or external clothing

Canny

Cautious

Cease

Decease, die, or stop

Colt

Fool or trick

Company

Companion

Convey

To perform, sleight of hand

Convive

To feast

Crown

Conclude

Fob off

Pass the buck

Dear

Very high priced

Deem

Surmise

Discourse

Reason

Distemper

Intoxication

Don

To put on

Douse

Extinguish

Drab

Whore

Ecstasy

Madness

Egypt (an)

Gypsy

Estimate

Price

Fancy

Love

Foxship

Mean or cunning

Git

Fool

Gawk

To look at

Geek

To look at

Gleen

To extract information

Good Den

Good Day

Good Even

Good Evening

Grammercy

Grand mercy, or Great thanks

Guinea Hen

Whore

Harlot

Whore

Harry

To harass

Hither

Here

Imp

Small child

Interessed

Interested

Jack

Insult (shortened form of “Jack Ass”)

Missus

Wife

Knave

Servant take

Leave

To part from someone

Lifter

Thief

Make fast

To secure (as in a door)

Nicked

Stolen

Pagan

A loose or vicious person*

Partake

To participate

Pied ninny

A jester

Quaintly

Cleverly or Adroitly

Quell

To quiet

Removed

Remote

Retire

Withdraw

Saucy

Lascivious

Sliver

Slice thinly

Solicit

Excite

Sot

Drunk (Besotted with ale)

Subscribe

Agree with an idea

Talents

Riches

Tickle brain

Strong liquor

Uncoined

Unrefined or unadorned

Unproper

common

While

Ideas

Whoobub

Hubbub

Yellowness

Jealousy

Yonder

There

Zany

Fool

Zealous

Pious

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