A-Z of Shakespeare – D


Today’s Shakespearean word of the day is… dudgeon


Dudgeon means hilt or handle.

When Macbeth talks to his imaginary dagger, he says ‘on thy blade and dudgeon gouts of blood.’ (Macbeth, 2.1.46)

Listen to the pronunciation of dudgeon here


Shakespeare Dictionary _130This definition is taken from the Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary, a unique dictionary compiled by renowned English language expert David Crystal and Shakespearean actor and producer Ben Crystal to unlock the mysteries of Shakespeare’s world, words and language.