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Words from Shakespearean Insults

February 9, 2012
If you ever want to dish it out like the bard, add these words to your vocabulary.

Insults collected by Shakespeare-Online.
knave
You are not worth another word, else I'd call you knave.
All's Well that Ends Well (2.3.262)
crooked
He is deformed, crooked, old and sere,
Ill-faced, worse bodied, shapeless everywhere;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind;
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
The Comedy of Errors (4.2.22-5)
sere
He is deformed, crooked, old and sere,
Ill-faced, worse bodied, shapeless everywhere;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind;
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
The Comedy of Errors (4.2.22-5)
blunt
He is deformed, crooked, old and sere,
Ill-faced, worse bodied, shapeless everywhere;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind;
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
The Comedy of Errors (4.2.22-5)
dissembling
Dissembling harlot, thou art false in all!
The Comedy of Errors (4.4.100)
slight
For such things as you, I can scarce think there's any, ye're so slight.
Coriolanus (5.1.108-9)
ripe
The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes.
Coriolanus (5.4.18)
mercy
There is no more mercy in him than there is milk in a male tiger.
Coriolanus (5.4.30)
poison
Away! Thou'rt poison to my blood.
Cymbeline (1.1.128)
vile
Vile worm, thou wast o’erlook’d even in thy birth.
The Merry Wives of Windsor (5.5.60)
sanguine
This sanguine coward, this bed-presser, this horseback-breaker, this huge hill of flesh!
Henry IV (2.4.225-6)
coward
This sanguine coward, this bed-presser, this horseback-breaker, this huge hill of flesh!
Henry IV (2.4.225-6)
utter
'Sblood, you starveling, you elf-skin, you dried neat's tongue, you bull's pizzle, you stock-fish! O for breath to utter what is like thee! you tailor's-yard, you sheath, you bowcase; you vile standing-tuck!
Henry IV (2.4.227-9)
sheath
'Sblood, you starveling, you elf-skin, you dried neat's tongue, you bull's pizzle, you stock-fish! O for breath to utter what is like thee! you tailor's-yard, you sheath, you bowcase; you vile standing-tuck!
Henry IV (2.4.227-9)
prune
There’s no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune.
Henry IV (3.3.40)
swagger
Hang him, swaggering rascal!
Henry IV (2.4.66)
scorn
I scorn you, scurvy companion.
Henry IV (2.4.115)
scurvy
I scorn you, scurvy companion.
Henry IV (2.4.115)
rogue
Away, you cut-purse rascal! you filthy bung, away! By this wine, I'll thrust my knife in your mouldy chaps, an you play the saucy cuttle with me. Away, you bottle-ale rascal! you basket-hilt stale juggler, you!
Henry IV (2.4.120-22)
filthy
Away, you cut-purse rascal! you filthy bung, away! By this wine, I'll thrust my knife in your mouldy chaps, an you play the saucy cuttle with me. Away, you bottle-ale rascal! you basket-hilt stale juggler, you!
Henry IV (2.4.120-22)
saucy
Away, you cut-purse rascal! you filthy bung, away! By this wine, I'll thrust my knife in your mouldy chaps, an you play the saucy cuttle with me. Away, you bottle-ale rascal! you basket-hilt stale juggler, you!
Henry IV (2.4.120-22)
braggart
O braggart vile and damned furious wight!
Henry V (2.1.100)
furious
O braggart vile and damned furious wight!
Henry V (2.1.100)
incarnate
They were devils incarnate.
Henry V (2.3.32)
base
A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave...
King Lear (2.2.14-24)
shallow
A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave...
King Lear (2.2.14-24)
heir
...and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch...
King Lear (2.2.14-24)
maul
O you beast!
I'll so maul you and your toasting-iron,
That you shall think the devil is come from hell.
King John (4.3.105)
tedious
You are a tedious fool.
Measure for Measure (2.1.113)
vice
O faithless coward! O dishonest wretch!
Wilt thou be made a man out of my vice?
Measure for Measure (3.1.151-3)
spawn
Some report a sea-maid spawn’d him; some that he was begot between two stock-fishes. But it is certain that when he makes water his urine is congealed ice.
Measure for Measure (3.2.56)
beget
Some report a sea-maid spawn’d him; some that he was begot between two stock-fishes. But it is certain that when he makes water his urine is congealed ice.
Measure for Measure (3.2.56)
congeal
Some report a sea-maid spawn’d him; some that he was begot between two stock-fishes. But it is certain that when he makes water his urine is congealed ice.
Measure for Measure (3.2.56)
canker
You juggler! you canker-blossom!
A Midsummer Night's Dream (3.2.293)
blossom
You juggler! you canker- blossom!
A Midsummer Night's Dream (3.2.293)
lump
Thou lump of foul deformity!
Richard III (1.2.58)
foul
Thou lump of foul deformity!
Richard III (1.2.58)
peasant
You peasant swain! You whoreson malt-horse drudge!
The Taming of the Shrew(4.1.116)
monster
I shall laugh myself to death at this puppy-headed
monster!
The Tempest (2.2.155)
monstrous
Why, thou deboshed fish thou...Wilt thou tell a monstrous lie, being but half a fish and half a monster?
The Tempest (3.2.29-30)
sodden
Thou sodden-witted lord! thou hast no more brain than I have in mine elbows.
Troilus and Cressida (2.1.41)
kernel
A fusty nut with no kernel.
Troilus and Cressida (2.1.99)
naughty
Go hang yourself, you naughty mocking uncle!
Troilus and Cressida (4.2.31)
mocking
Go hang yourself, you naughty mocking uncle!
Troilus and Cressida (4.2.31)

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Wednesday April 23rd 2014, 1:14 PM
Comment by: Lyn A. (OR)
This brought back a lot of memories of studying various Shakespeare plays! Thanks for the blog
Tuesday February 16th 2016, 5:17 PM
Comment by: Maddox D (IL)
I really like this list. Nice insults!

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