Top 100+ Best Shakespearean Insults – What’s So Special About Shakespeare?

Have you ever known to man who crafts the perfect insult? Here we are enlightening the world’s best pre-eminent dramatist who wrote numerous plays, poems. His writings gave new vision to the impending writers. His extant works are best known for enriching English Literature with his phenomenal plays and sonnets ornamented with the insults.

So you think to revert usual jabs with a lewd word or two but Shakespear was master of this trade. Where everyone hastily indulges in physical fisticuffs to smooth over issues Shakespear used his sharp tool of dramatic insults to put down and cuss others. Shakespeare enduring works including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Romeo Juliet and other plays are the finest works ever produced in these genres. From “A most notable coward” to “Thou damned doorkeeper” are a few of the best bawdiest of Shakespeare insults you can hurl on those around you. Shakespear has matched the Epic power and grace of the insult beautifully that can be used for a good literary laugh.

Here we have collected and collated 110 insults best of these burns with their relevant Epics and links to buy them. Though you can enjoy reading and can avail any pithy and colourfull insult when required.

100+ Epic Shakspeare Insults To Unleash Than Swearing

  • “A most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise breaker, the owner of no one good quality.”
  • “Methink’st thou art a general offence and every man should beat thee.”
  • “This woman’s an easy glove, my lord, she goes off and on at pleasure.”
  • “Virginity breeds mites, much like a cheese.”
  •  “By mine honour, if I were but two hours younger, I’d beat thee. Methink’st thou art a general offence, and every man should beat thee.”
  • “Thou art as fat as butter.”
  • “You are not worth another word, else I’d call you knave.”
  • “Drunkenness is his best virtue, for he will be swine drunk, and in his sleep he does little harm, save to his bedclothes about him.” 

  • “Away, you starveling, you elf-skin, you dried neat’s-tongue, bull’s-pizzle, you stock-fish!”
  • “Peace, ye fat guts!”
  • “There’s no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune”
  • “That trunk of humours, that bolting-hutch of beastliness, that swollen parcel of dropsies, that huge bombard of sack, that stuffed cloak-bag of guts, that roasted Manningtree ox with pudding in his belly, that reverend vice, that grey Iniquity, that father ruffian, that vanity in years?”
  • “Thou art as fat as butter”
  • “Thou clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson obscene greasy tallow-catch!”
  • “Thou leathern-jerkin, crystal-button, knot-pated, agatering, puke-stocking, caddis-garter, smooth-tongue, Spanish pouch!”
  • “You starvelling, you eel-skin, you dried neat’s-tongue, you bull’s-pizzle, you stock-fish–O for breath to utter what is like thee!-you tailor’s-yard, you sheath, you bow-case, you vile standing tuck!”
  • “A weasel hath not such a deal of spleen as you are toss’d with”
  • “Thou art a natural coward without instinct”
  • “Whoreson caterpillars, bacon-fed knaves!”
  •  “This sanguine coward, this bed-presser, this horseback-breaker, this huge hill of flesh!”

 

  • “Away, you three-inch fool! “
  • “Come, come, you froward and unable worms!”
  • “There’s small choice in rotten apples.”
  • “Away thou rag, thou quantity, thou remnant”
  • “Thou flea, thou nit, thou winter-cricket thou!”

  • “Go, prick thy face, and over-red thy fear, Thou lily-liver’d boy.”
  • “Thou cream faced loon”
  • “Go, prick thy face, and over-red thy fear, Thou lily-liver’d boy.”
  • “You should be women, and yet your beards forbid me to interpret that you are so.”
  • “Thou art the best of cut-throats”
  • “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”

  • “His wit’s as thick as a Tewkesbury mustard.”
  • “I scorn you, scurvy companion.”
  • “You poor, base, rascally, cheating lack-linen mate!”
  • “You are as a candle, the better burnt out.”
  • “You scullion! You rampallian! You fustilarian! I’ll tickle your catastrophe”
  • “Away, you mouldy rogue, away!”

  • “I am pigeon-liver’d and lack gall.”
  • “If thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool; for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them.”
  • “They have a plentiful lack of wit.”
  • “What an ass!”
  • “Bloody, bawdy villain! Remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless villain!”

  • “I am sick when I do look on thee “
  • “Tempt not too much the hatred of my spirit, for I am sick when I do look on thee”

  • “I’ll beat thee, but I would infect my hands.”
  • “Would thou wert clean enough to spit upon”
  • “Would thou wouldst burst!”
  • “Thou art the cap of all the fools.”
  • “I do wish thou were a dog, that I might love thee something.”

  • “More of your conversation would infect my brain.”
  • “The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes.”
  • “No longer from head to foot than from hip to hip, she is spherical, like a globe, I could find out countries in her.”
  • “Threadbare juggler!”
  • “Dissembling harlot, thou art false in all.” 

  • “My wife’s a hobby horse!”

  • “Poisonous bunch-backed toad!”
  • “Thou art unfit for any place but hell.”
  • “Thou elvish-mark’d, abortive, rooting hog”
  • “Thou lump of foul deformity”
  • “That poisonous bunch-back’d toad!”
  • “Out of my sight! thou dost infect my eyes.”
  • “Bottled spider!”
  • “Thou hateful wither’d hag!”


  • “The rankest compound of villainous smell that ever offended nostril”

  • “Thine forward voice, now, is to speak well of thine friend; thine backward voice is to utter foul speeches and to detract.”


  • “Thine face is not worth sunburning.”
  • “Thou damned and luxurious mountain goat.”


  • “Thou art a boil, a plague sore”
  • “Thou whoreson zed, thou unnecessary letter!”
  • “Thou art the son and heir of a mongrel bitch.”
  • “Thou art a boil, a plague sore, an embossed carbuncle in my corrupted blood.”
  • “Eater of broken meats!”
  • “Thou art a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy worsted-stocking knave; a lily-liver’d, action-taking, whoreson, glass-gazing, superserviceable, finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch.”


  • “Was the Duke a flesh-monger, a fool and a coward?”
  • “Thy sin’s not accidental, but a trade.”
  • “Thou art a flesh-monger, a fool and a coward.”
  • “Sanctimonious pirate.”

  • “Here is the babe, as loathsome as a toad.”
  • “Villain, I have done thy mother”
  •  ” Thou art as loathsome as a toad”
  • Foul spoken coward, that thund’rest with thy tongue, and with thy weapon nothing dares perform.”

  • “I must tell you friendly in your ear, sell when you can, you are not for all markets”
  • “Like the toad; ugly and venomous”
  • “Your brain is as dry as the remainder biscuit after voyage.”
  • “Thou art like a toad; ugly and venomous.”
  • “I do desire that we may be better strangers.”
  • “Saucy lackey!”

 

  • “Thou sodden-witted lord! Thou hast no more brain than I have in mine elbows” 
  • “Thou art as loathsome as a toad.”
  • “He has not so much brain as ear-wax.”
  •  “I think thy horse will sooner con an oration than thou learn a prayer without book.”

  • “Thou subtle, perjur’d, false, disloyal man!”
  • “You, minion, are too saucy.”
  • “If you spend word for word with me, I shall make your wit bankrupt”
  • “She hath more hair than wit, and more faults than hairs, and more wealth than faults.”

  • “Thy tongue outvenoms all the worms of Nile”
  • “A fool, an empty purse. There was no moneyin’t

  • “You have such a February face, so full of frost, of storm and cloudiness.”
  • “Four of his five wits went halting off, and now is the whole man governed with one: so that if he have wit enough to keep himself warm, let him bear it for a difference between himself and his horse; for it is all the wealth that he hath left, to be known a reasonable creature.”
  • “A rare parrot-teacher!”

  • “More of your conversation would infect my brain.”
  • “You abilities are too infant-like for doing much alone.”
  • “They lie deadly that tell you you have good faces.”

  • “Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell.”

  • “O you beast! I’ll so maul you and your toasting-iron, That you shall think the devil is come from hell.”

  • “You are now sailed into the north of my lady’s opinion, where you will hang like an icicle on a Dutchman’s beard” 
  • “No more brain than a stone.”

  • “Thine forward voice, now, is to speak well of thine friend; thine backward voice is to utter foul speeches and to detract.” 
  • “What a thrice-double ass! “

  • “Thy words are blunt and so art thou.”

 

  • “Thou damned doorkeeper to every custrel that comes inquiring for his Tib!” 

Hope you would like the coinage of these excellent insults from his extant works of Shakespeare – a rhetoric lance or something of the lost art. Or want to read any of these marvelous writings do give a single click on the pics and share your experience!

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