A-Z of Shakespeare – S


Today’s Shakespearean word of the day is… slug-a-bed

S- slug-a-bed

Slug-a-bed means lazy-bones! It can also be spelled ‘slug-abed’.

In Romeo and Juliet, the Nurse tries to wake Juliet: ‘fie, you slug-a-bed!’ (Romeo and Juliet, 4.5.2)

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