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Letter D

Picture of the Letter D

Picture of the Letter D

The Letter D

The Elizabethan alphabet contained just 24 old English letters as opposed to the 26 letters used in the modern English alphabet. The following picture of the Letter D of the modern English alphabet is depicted in an ornate style typical of those used with old English letters.

Picture of the Letter D
An old style Letter D

Elizabethan Words beginning with the Letter D
The following dictionary contains old Elizabethan words and their meanings beginning with Letter D. If you find some words amusing click the following link to have FUN with some insults from the Shakespearean Insults Generator .  

Elizabethan Words beginning with the Letter D

DAFF 
to befool, to put off, to doff
DAMN 
to condemn 
DANGER 
reach, control, power 
DANSKER 
a Dane 
DARE 
to challenge 
DARKLING 
in the dark 

DARRAIGN 
to set in array 
DAUB 
to disguise 
DAUBERY 
imposition 
DAY-WOMAN 
a dairy-maid 
DEARN 
lonely 
DEBOSHED 
debauched, drunken 

DECK 
to bedew
DECK 
a pack of cards 
DECLINE 
to enumerate
DECLINED 
fallen 
DEEM 
doom, judgment 
DEFEAT 
to undo, destroy 
DEFEATURE 
disfigurement 
DEFENCE 
art of fencing 
DEFEND 
to forbid 
DEFENSIBLE 
having the power to defend 
DEFTLY 
dexterously 
DEFY 
renounce 
DEGREES 
a step 

DELAY 
to let slip by delaying 
DEMERIT 
merit, desert 
DEMURELY 
solemnly 
DENAY 
denial 
DENOTEMENT 
marking Note or manifestation 
DEPEND 
to be in service 
DERIVED 
born, descended 
DEROGATE 
degraded 
DESCANT 
a variation upon a melody
DESIGN 
to draw up articles
DESPATCH 
to deprive, bereave 
DESPERATE 
determined, bold 
DETECT 
to charge, blame 
DETERMINE 
to conclude 
DICH 
optative mood
DIFFUSED 
confused 
DIGRESSING 
transgressing, going out of the right way 
DIG-YOU-GOOD-DEN 
give you good evening 
DILDO 
the chorus or burden of a song 
DINT 
stroke
DISABLE 
to disparage 
DISAPPOINTED 
unprepared 

DISCASE 
to undress 
DISCONTENT 
a malcontent 
DISCOURSE 
power of reasoning 
DISDAINED 
disdainful 
DISLIMN 
to disfigure, transform 
DISME 
a tenth or tithe 
DISPARK 
to destroy a park 
DISPONGE 
to squeeze out as from a sponge 
DISPOSE 
disposal, to conspire 
DISPOSITION 
maintenance 
DISSEMBLY 
used ridiculously for assembly 
DISTASTE 
to corrupt 
DISTEMPERED 
discontented 
DISTRACTION 
a detached troop or company of soldiers 
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
DOLT 
a small Dutch coin 
DOLE 
lamentation 
DON 
to do on, put on 
DONE 
'done to death,' put to death 
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 
DRABBING 
whoring 
DRAUGHT 
a privy
DRAWN 
having his sword drawn 
DRAWN 
drunk, having taken a good draught 
DRIBBLING 
weak 
DRIVE 
to rush impetuously 
DROLLERY 
a puppet-show 
DRUMBLE 
to dawdle 

DRY 
thirsty 
DUDGEON 
a dagger 
DULL 
soothing 
DULLARD 
a dull person 
DUMP 
complaint 
DUP 
Lift up

Elizabethan Language Guide - An Elizabethan Online Dictionary
Click the following links to access more information about the old English Elizabethan Language and the Elizabethan Online Dictionary for an easy to follow Elizabethan language guide.

Elizabethan Language
Elizabethan Insults
Elizabethan Education - Schools and Universities
Elizabethan Dictionary
Elizabethan Era Index

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