Word of the Day: varlet
origin: from the Middle French "vaslet", meaning young nobleman or
1. A scoundrel or knave.
What a brazen-faced varlet art thou,
to deny thou knowest me! Is it two days ago
since I tripped up thy heels, and beat thee before the king?
Draw, you rogue: for, though it be night,
yet the moon shines; I'll make a sop o' the moonshine of you:
draw, you whoreson cullionly barber-monger, draw."
--William Shakespeare, "King Lear"
2. An attendant. (archaic)
This Davy serves you for good uses; he is your 10 serving-man
and your husband.
A good varlet, a good varlet, a very good varlet, Sir John: by
the mass, I have drunk too much sack at supper: a good varlet.
Now sit down, now sit down: come, cousin."
--William Shakespeare, "King Henry IV"
An interesting site devoted to the "mystery" of
Shakespeare's "identity" can be found at:
Publish Date: 01/20/2011