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an English Jacobean playwright and poet. Middleton stands with John Fletcher and Ben Jonson among the most successful and prolific playwrights who wrote their best plays during the Jacobean period. He was one of the few Renaissance dramatists to achieve equal success in comedy and tragedy. Also a prolific writer of masques and pageants, he remains one of the most notable and distinctive of Jacobean dramatists.
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Baude: Joyous; forward; gay. Old French baud, gay; Old Low German bald, bold, lively. The adjective was used in TH...
Bawdreaminy: Bawdy misbehavior. Used by Dampit, in Thomas Middleton's A TRICK TO CATCH THE OLD ONE (1608) . Like Thomas ...
Fegs: A corruption of fay, faith, used in exclamations and as a mild form of swearing. Also i'fegs, q.v. Sometime...
Incony: Delicate, pretty, choice. The word was popular, especially among playwrights (Marlowe, Thomas Middleton, Be...
Kithe: To make known: by words, to announce, tell; by acts, to show, prove, indicate; to make manifest, to exhibit...
Leese: (1) The earlier form of lose, in all Its senses. A common Old English word, continuing through the 16th cen...
Lib: This was a common form, with various meanings. (1) From the 8th century; a charm. (2) As a verb. From the 1...
Moll: This is a shortening of Molly, a pet-name for Mary. Since the 17th century, it has been used to mean a pros...
Monthly: Madly; as influenced by the moon. An English development like lunatic; Latin luna, the moon. Also moonling,...
Murrey: (1) Mulberry color; a mulberrycolored cloth. Latin morum, mulberry; cp muricide. Such a cloth, from its pop...
Smock: From its use as the garment next a woman's skin, smock came to be used, especially among 16th and 17th cent...
Venus: The Roman goddess of love, especially sensual love; Greek Aphrodite. Hence, desire for sexual delights; see...
Verjuice: The juice of unripe grapes, crab-apples and the like, used as a condiment or medicine. Old French vert, gre...
Wamble: To feel nausea; to twist about; to walk unsteadily; (of water, or blood) to seethe, to boil. While along on...
Wastethrift: An outrageous spendthrift. Used first by 17th century playwrights; Thomas Middleton, in A TRICK TO CATCH TH...
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