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Letter L

Picture of the Letter L

Picture of the Letter L

The Letter L

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 L of the modern English alphabet is depicted in an ornate style typical of those used with old English letters.

Picture of the Letter L
An old style Letter L

Elizabethan Words beginning with the Letter L
The following dictionary contains old Elizabethan words and their meanings beginning with Letter L. 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 L

LABRAS 
lips 
LACED-MUTTON 
a courtesan 
LAG 
the lowest of the people 
LAKIN 
ladykin, little lady, an endearing term applied to the Virgin Mary in the oath, 'By 
our lakin.' 
LAND-DAMN 
to kill by stopping the urine 

LAPSED 
taken, apprehended 
LARGE 
licentious, free 
LARGESS 
a present 
LASS-LORN 
deserted by a mistress 
LATCH 
to smear, to catch 
LATED 
belated 

LATTEN 
made of brass 
LAUND 
lawn 
LAVOLTA 
a dance 
LAY 
wager 
LEAGUE 
besieging army 
LEASING 
lying 
LEATHER-COATS 
a kind of apple 
LEECH 
a physician 
LEER 
countenance, complexion 
LEET 
a manor court 
LEGE 
to allege 
LEGERITY 
lightness 
LEIGER 
an ambassador resident abroad 

LEMAN 
a lover or mistress 
LENTEN 
meagren - that which may be eaten in Lent 
L'ENVOY 
the farewell or moral at the end of a tale or poem 
LET 
to hinder to binder 
LETHE 
death 
LEVEL 
to aim LEWD 
ignorant, foolish, rude 
LEWDLY 
wickedly 
LEWDSTER 
a lewd person 
LIBBARD 
a leopard 
LIBERAL 
licentious 
LIBERTY 
libertinism 
LIEF 
dear 
LIFTER 
a thief 
LIGHT O' LOVE 
a tune
LIGHTLY 
easily, generally 
LIKE 
to liken, compare, to please
LIKELIHOOD 
promise, appearance 
LIKING 
condition 
LIMBECK 
a still 

LIMBO 
or Limbo patrum, the place where good men under the Old Testament were believed to 
be imprisoned till released by Christ after his crucifixion 
LIME 
to entangle as with bird-lime To smear with bird-lime To mix lime with beer or 
other liquor 
LIMN 
to draw 
LINE 
to cover on the inside To strengthen by inner works 
LINSTOCK 
a staff with a match at the end of it used by gunners in firing cannon 
LIST 
a margin - a bound or enclosure 
LITHER 
lazy 
LIVERY 
a law phrase, signifying the act of delivering a freehold into the possession of 
the heir or purchaser - uniform
LIVING 
lively, convincing 

LOACH 
a fish so called 
LOCKRAM 
coarse linen 
LODE-STAR 
the leading-star, pole-star 
LOFFE 
to laugh 
LOGGATS 
the game called nine-pins 
LONGLY 
longingly 
LOOF 
to lull, bring a vessel up to the wind 
LOON 
a low contemptible fellow 
LOT 
a prize in a lottery 
LOTTERY 
that which falls to a man by lot 
LOWT 
a clown 
LOWT 
to treat one as a lowt, with contempt 
LOZEL 
a spendthrift 

LUBBER 
a leopard 
LUCE 
a fresh-water fish 
LUMPISH 
duff, dejected 
LUNES 
fits of lunacy 
LURCH 
to defeat, to win, to shift
LURE 
a thing stuffed to resemble a bird with which the falconer lures a hawk 

LUSH 
juicy, luxuriant 
LUSTIG 
lusty, cheerful 
LUXURIOUS 
lascivious 
LUXURY 
lust 
LYM 
a limer or slow hound

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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