Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

Shakspere

[sheyk-speer] /ˈʃeɪk spɪər/
noun
1.
Related forms
Shaksperian, adjective, noun
Shaksperianism, noun

Shakespeare

or Shakspere, Shakespear

[sheyk-speer] /ˈʃeɪk spɪər/
noun
1.
William ("the Bard"; "the Bard of Avon") 1564–1616, English poet and dramatist.
Related forms
pre-Shakespeare, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for Shakspere
Historical Examples
  • All England knows that this year is the three hundredth since Shakspere was born.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • Now Shakspere was born in the sixth year of Queen Elizabeth.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • We could show the very passages of the play-writer Nash which Shakspere imitates in these.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • But Shakspere had not business relations merely: he was a man of business.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • But Shakspere, although everywhere felt, is nowhere seen in his plays.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • The student of Shakspere becomes imbued with the idea of his character.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • Even Shakspere could not keep the love of a worthless woman.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • And of all that read about Shakspere there are few whom more than one or two utterances have reached.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • And Shakspere has no desire or need to act the historian in the decision of that question.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • If every writer could write up to his own best, we should have far less to marvel at in Shakspere.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for Shakspere

Shakespeare

/ˈʃeɪkspɪə/
noun
1.
William. 1564–1616, English dramatist and poet. He was born and died at Stratford-upon-Avon but spent most of his life as an actor and playwright in London. His plays with approximate dates of composition are: Henry VI, Parts I–III (1590); Richard III (1592); The Comedy of Errors (1592); Titus Andronicus (1593); The Taming of the Shrew (1593); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1594); Love's Labour's Lost (1594); Romeo and Juliet (1594); Richard II (1595); A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595); King John (1596); The Merchant of Venice (1596); Henry IV, Parts I–II (1597); Much Ado about Nothing (1598); Henry V (1598); Julius Caesar (1599); As You Like It (1599); Twelfth Night (1599); Hamlet (1600); The Merry Wives of Windsor (1600); Troilus and Cressida (1601); All's Well that ends Well (1602); Measure for Measure (1604); Othello (1604); King Lear (1605); Macbeth (1605); Antony and Cleopatra (1606); Coriolanus (1607); Timon of Athens (1607); Pericles (1608); Cymbeline (1609); The Winter's Tale (1610); The Tempest (1611); and, possibly in collaboration with John Fletcher, Two Noble Kinsmen (1612) and Henry VIII (1612). His Sonnets, variously addressed to a fair young man and a dark lady, were published in 1609
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for Shakspere

Shakespeare

surname recorded from 1248; it means "a spearman." This was a common type of English surname, e.g. Shakelance (1275), Shakeshaft (1332). Shake (v.) in the sense of "to brandish or flourish (a weapon)" is attested from late Old English

Heo scæken on heore honden speren swiðe stronge. [Laymon, "Brut," c. 1205]
Cf. also shake-buckler "a swaggerer, a bully;" shake-rag "ragged fellow, tatterdemalion." "Never a name in English nomenclature so simple or so certain in origin. It is exactly what it looks -- Shakespear" [Bardsley, "Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames," 1901]. Nevertheless, speculation flourishes. The name was variously written in contemporary records, also Shakespear, Shakespere, the last form being the one adopted by the New Shakespere Society of London and the first edition of the OED. Related: Shakespearian (1753); Shakesperean (1796); Shakesperian (1755).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Shakspere

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Shakspere

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for shakspere