So you think you know a foul word or two? Shakespeare’s insults, put downs and cussing were second to none, and with his insults Shakespeare was most certainly a master of his trade! Read our selection of the top 50 Shakespeare insults below, ordered alphabetically by quote, with play and act/scene listed too. From ” a most notable coward” to “Villian, I have done thy mother” Shakespeare had an insult for any occassion.

Top 50 Shakespeare Insults:

Shakespeare insult 1: All’s Well That Ends Well (Act 3, Scene 6)

“A most notable coward, an infinite and endless liar, an hourly promise breaker, the owner of no one good quality.”

Shakespeare insult 2: Henry IV Part I (Act 2, Scene 4)

“Away, you starvelling, you elf-skin, you dried neat’s-tongue, bull’s-pizzle, you stock-fish!”

Shakespeare insult 3: The Taming of the Shrew (Act 3, Scene 3)

“Away, you three-inch fool! “

Shakespeare insult 4: The Taming Of The Shrew (Act 5, Scene 2)

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

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

“Go, prick thy face, and over-red thy fear, Thou lily-liver’d boy.”

Shakespeare insult 6: Henry IV Part 2 (Act 2, Scene 4)

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

Shakespeare insult 7: Hamlet (Act 2, Scene 2)

“I am pigeon-liver’d and lack gall.”

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

“I am sick when I do look on thee “

Shakespeare insult 9: As You Like It (Act 3 Scene 5)

“I must tell you friendly in your ear, sell when you can, you are not for all markets.”

Shakespeare insult 10: Hamlet (Act 3, Scene 1)

“If thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool; for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them.”

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

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

Shakespeare insult 12: Henry IV Part II (Act 2, Scene 4)

“I scorn you, scurvy companion. “

Shakespeare insult 12: All’s Well That Ends Well (Act 2, Scene 3)

“Methink’st thou art a general offence and every man should beat thee.”

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

“More of your conversation would infect my brain.”

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

“My wife’s a hobby horse!”

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

“Peace, ye fat guts!”

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

“Poisonous bunch-backed toad! “

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

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

Shakespeare insult 18: The Comedy of Erros (Act 5, Scene 4)

“The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes.”

Shakespeare insult 19: Henry IV Part 1 (Act 3, Scene 3)

“There’s no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune.”

Shakespeare insult 20: The Tempest (Act 2, Scene 2)

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

Shakespeare insult 21: Henry IV Part 1 (Act 2, Scene 4)

“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 22: Henry V (Act 5, Scene 2)

“Thine face is not worth sunburning.”

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

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

Shakespeare insult 24: King Lear (Act 2, Scene 2)

“Thou art a boil, a plague sore”

Shakespeare insult 25: Measure For Measure (Act 5, Scene 1)

“Was the Duke a flesh-monger, a fool and a coward?”

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

“Thou art as fat as butter.”

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

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

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

“Like the toad; ugly and venomous.”

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

“Thou art unfit for any place but hell.”

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

“Thou cream faced loon”

Shakespeare insult 31: Henry IV Part 1 (Act 2, Scene 4 )

“Thou clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson obscene greasy tallow-catch!”

Shakespeare insult 32: Henry V (Act 4, Scene 4)

“Thou damned and luxurious mountain goat.”

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

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

Shakespeare insult 34: Henry IV Part 1 (Act 2, Scene 4)

“Thou leathern-jerkin, crystal-button, knot-pated, agatering, puke-stocking, caddis-garter, smooth-tongue, Spanish pouch!”

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

“Thou lump of foul deformity”

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

“That poisonous bunch-back’d toad!”

Shakespeare insult 37: Troilus and Cressida (Act 2, Scene 1)

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

Shakespeare insult 38: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Act 4, Scene 2)

“Thou subtle, perjur’d, false, disloyal man!”

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

“Thou whoreson zed , thou unnecessary letter!”

Shakespeare insult 40: Shakespeare insult 45 – Measure For Measure (Act 3, Scene 1)

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

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

“Thy tongue outvenoms all the worms of Nile.”

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

“Would thou wert clean enough to spit upon”

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

“Would thou wouldst burst!”

Shakespeare insult 44: Henry IV Part II (Act 2, Scene 4)

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

Shakespeare insult 45: Henry IV Part 2 (Act 1, Scene 2)

“You are as a candle, the better burnt out.”

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

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

Shakespeare insult 47: Henry IV Part 1 (Act 2, Scene 4)

“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!”

Shakespeare insult 48: Shakespeare insult 45 – As You Like It (Act 2, Scene 7)

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

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

“Virginity breeds mites, much like a cheese.”

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

“Villain, I have done thy mother”

Shakespeare Insult Generator:

Got the hang of Shakespeare’s insult style and want to try your own? Have a go using the chart below. Simply combine one word from each of the 3 text columns below, and prefix with a “Thou”:

Shakespeare Insult Infographic:

This stunning Shakespeare insult chart was put together by Charley Chartwell.  It charts 100 of Shakespeare’s greatest zingers, sorted by topic, with each insult labelled with the play it comes from. Size is 18×24 inches, and available to buy here >>

Shakespeare insult infographic from Charley Chartwell

Read enough Shakesperean insults? Check out our lists of words and phrases that Shakespeare invented & some interesting facts about Shakespeare.


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