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Letter R

Picture of the Letter R

Picture of the Letter R

The Letter R

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

Picture of the Letter R
An old style Letter R

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

RABATO 
a ruff 
RABBIT-SUCKER 
a weasel 
RACE 
breed; inherited nature 
RACK 
wreck 
RACK 
to enhance the price of anything
RAG 
a term of contempt applied to persons 

RAKE 
to cover 
RAPT 
transported with emotion 
RAPTURE 
a fit 
RASCAL 
a lean deer 
RASH 
quick, violent 
RATE 
opinion, judgment, to assign, to value, to scold 

RATOLORUM 
a ludicrous mistake
RAUGHT 
past tense of reach 
RAVIN 
ravenous, to devour 
RAWLY 
inadequately 
RAWNESS 
unprovided state 
RAYED 
arrayed, served 
RAZED 
slashed 
REAR-MOUSE 
the bat 
REBATE 
to deprive of keenness 
REBECK 
a three-stringed fiddle 
RECEIPT 
money received 
RECEIVING 
capacity 
RECHEAT 
a point of the chase to call back the hounds 

RECORD 
to sing 
RECORDER 
a flute 
RECURE 
to cure, recover 
RED-LATTICE 
suitable to an ale-house, because ale-houses had commonly red lattices 
REDUCE 
to bring back 
REECHY 
smoky, dirty 
REFELL 
to refute 
REFER 
to reserve to 
REGIMENT 
government 
REGREET 
a salutation 
REGUERDON 
requital 
RELATIVE 
applicable 
REMORSE 
pity 
REMORSEFUL 
full of pity, compassionate 
REMOTION 
removal 
REMOVED 
sequestered, remote
RENDER 
account RENEGE 
to renounce, to deny 
REPAIR 
to renovate, comfort 
REPEAL 
to reverse the sentence of exile

REPROOF 
confutation 
REPUGN 
to resist 
REQUIEM 
mass for the dead, so called because it begins with the words "Requiem eternam..." 
RESOLVE 
to satisfy 
RESPECT 
consideration 
RESPECTIVE 
respectful, thoughtful, corresponding 
RESPECTIVELY 
respectfully 
RETAILED 
handed down 
RETIRE 
retreat 
REVERB 
to echo 
REVOLT 
a rebel 
RIB 
to enclose as within ribs 

RID 
to destroy 
RIFT 
split
RIGGISH 
wanton 
RIGOL 
a circle 
RIPE 
drunk 
RIVAGE 
the shore 
RIVALITY 
equal rank 
RIVE 
to fire 
ROAD 
the high road, applied to a common woman 
ROISTING 
roistering, violent 
ROMAGE 
unusual stir 
RONVON 
a term of contempt applied to a woman 
ROOD 
the crucifix 
ROOK 
a cheater 
ROPERY 
roguery 
ROPE-TRICKS 
tricks such as are played by a rope-dancer 
ROUND 
to whisper, to become great with child, to finish off, a diadem, unceremonious 
ROUNDEL 
a dance or song
ROUNDURE 
an enclosure 

ROUSE 
carousal 
ROYNISH 
mangy 
RUBIOUS 
ruddy 
RUDDOCK 
the redbreast 
RUSH 
to push 
RUSHLING 
rustling

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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