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Shakespearean Insults

“A most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly

promise breaker, the owner of no one good quality.”
​ - All’s Well That Ends Well

“Away, you starvelling, you elf-skin, you dried neat’s-tongue,

bull’s-pizzle, you stock-fish!”
- Henry IV Part I

“Away, you three-inch fool! “

- The Taming of the Shrew

“Come, come, you froward and unable worms!”

- The Taming Of The Shrew (Act 5, Scene 2)

“Go, prick thy face, and over-red thy fear, Thou lily-liver’d boy.”
-Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 3)

“His wit’s as thick as a Tewkesbury mustard.”

-Shakespeare insult 6: Henry IV Part 2 (Act 2, Scene 4)
“I am pigeon-liver’d and lack gall.”
-Shakespeare insult 7: Hamlet (Act 2, Scene 2)

“I am sick when I do look on thee “

-Shakespeare insult 8: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act 2, Scene 1)

“I must tell you friendly in your ear, sell when you can, you are
not for all markets.”
-Shakespeare insult 9: As You Like It (Act 3 Scene 5)

“If thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool; for wise men know well
enough what monsters you make of them.”
-Shakespeare insult 10: Hamlet (Act 3, Scene 1)

“I’ll beat thee, but I would infect my hands.”

-Shakespeare insult 11: Timon of Athens (Act 4, Scene 3)

“I scorn you, scurvy companion. “

-Shakespeare insult 12: Henry IV Part II (Act 2, Scene 4)
“Methink’st thou art a general offence and every man should beat
-Shakespeare insult 12: All’s Well That Ends Well (Act 2, Scene 3)

“More of your conversation would infect my brain.”

-Shakespeare insult 14: The Comedy of Errors (Act 2, Scene 1)

“My wife’s a hobby horse!”

- Shakespeare insult 14: The Winter’s Tale (Act 2, Scene 1)

“Peace, ye fat guts!”

-Shakespeare insult 15: Henry IV Part 1 (Act 2, Scene 2)

“Poisonous bunch-backed toad! “

-Shakespeare insult 16: Richard III (Act 1, Scene 3)

“The rankest compound of villainous smell that ever offended

-Shakespeare insult 17: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Act 3, Scene 5)

“The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes.”

-Shakespeare insult 18: The Comedy of Errors (Act 5, Scene 4)
“There’s no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune.”
-Shakespeare insult 19: Henry IV Part 1 (Act 3, Scene 3)

“Thine forward voice, now, is to speak well of thine friend; thine

backward voice is to utter foul speeches and to detract.”
-Shakespeare insult 20: The Tempest (Act 2, Scene 2)

“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?”
-Shakespeare insult 21: Henry IV Part 1 (Act 2, Scene 4)

“Thine face is not worth sunburning.”

-Shakespeare insult 22: Henry V (Act 5, Scene 2)

“This woman’s an easy glove, my lord, she goes off and on at

-Shakespeare insult 23: All’s Well That Ends Well (Act 5, Scene 3)

“Thou art a boil, a plague sore”

-Shakespeare insult 24: King Lear (Act 2, Scene 2)
“Was the Duke a flesh-monger, a fool and a coward?”
-Shakespeare insult 25: Measure For Measure (Act 5, Scene 1)

“Thou art as fat as butter.”

-Shakespeare insult 26: Henry IV Part 1 (Act 2, Scene 4)

“Here is the babe, as loathsome as a toad.”

-Shakespeare insult 27: Titus Andronicus (Act 4, Scene 3)

“Like the toad; ugly and venomous.”

-Shakespeare insult 28: As You Like It (Act 2, Scene 1`)

“Thou art unfit for any place but hell.”

-Shakespeare insult 29: Richard III (Act 1 Scene 2)

“Thou cream faced loon”

-Shakespeare insult 30: Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 3)

“Thou clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson

obscene greasy tallow-catch!”
-Shakespeare insult 31: Henry IV Part 1 (Act 2, Scene 4 )
“Thou damned and luxurious mountain goat.”
-Shakespeare insult 32: Henry V (Act 4, Scene 4)

“Thou elvish-mark’d, abortive, rooting hog!”

-Shakespeare insult 33: Richard III (Act 1, Scene 3 )

“Thou leathern-jerkin, crystal-button, knot-pated, agate ring,

puke-stocking, caddis-garter, smooth-tongue, Spanish pouch!”
-Shakespeare insult 34: Henry IV Part 1 (Act 2, Scene 4)

“Thou lump of foul deformity”

-Shakespeare insult 35: Richard III (Act 1, Scene 2)

“That poisonous bunch-back’d toad!”

-Shakespeare insult 36: Richard III (Act 1, Scene 3)

“Thou sodden-witted lord! Thou hast no more brain than I have

in mine elbows “
-Shakespeare insult 37: Troilus and Cressida (Act 2, Scene 1)
“Thou subtle, perjur’d, false, disloyal man!”
-Shakespeare insult 38: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Act 4, Scene 2)

“Thou whoreson zed , thou unnecessary letter!”

-Shakespeare insult 39: King Lear (Act 2, Scene 2 )

“Thy sin’s not accidental, but a trade.”

-Shakespeare insult 40: Measure For Measure (Act 3, Scene 1)

“Thy tongue out venoms all the worms of Nile.”

-Shakespeare insult 41: Cymbeline (Act 3, Scene 4)

“Would thou wert clean enough to spit upon”

-Shakespeare insult 42: Timon of Athens (Act 4, Scene 3)

“Would thou wouldst burst!”

-Shakespeare insult 43: Timon of Athens (Act 4, Scene 3)

“You poor, base, rascally, cheating lack-linen mate! “

-Shakespeare insult 44: Henry IV Part II (Act 2, Scene 4)
“You are as a candle, the better burnt out.”
-Shakespeare insult 45: Henry IV Part 2 (Act 1, Scene 2)

“You scullion! You rampallian! You fustilarian! I’ll tickle your

-Shakespeare insult 46: Henry IV Part 2 (Act 2, Scene 1)

“You starveling, 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!”
-Shakespeare insult 47: Henry IV Part 1 (Act 2, Scene 4)

“Your brain is as dry as the remainder biscuit after voyage.”

-Shakespeare insult 48: As You Like It (Act 2, Scene 7)

“Virginity breeds mites, much like a cheese.”

-Shakespeare insult 49: All’s Well That Ends Well (Act 1, Scene 1)

“Villain, I have done thy mother”

-Shakespeare insult 50: Titus Andronicus (Act 4, Scene 2)