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Companion, subst. (fem. in Meas. IV, 1, 55. Wint. V, 1, 11. H6A V, 3, 149. V, 5, 58. Per. V, 1, 78). 1) one who is in the company of another: “set Caliban and his --s free,” Tp. V, 252. Tp. V, 252 “take then this your c. by the hand,” Meas. IV, 1, 55.
2) one who keeps company with, and is attached to, another: “nor laugh with his --s at thy state,” Lucr. 1066. “I would not wish any c. in the world but you,” Tp. III, 1, 55. “at his heels a rabble of his --s,” Wiv. III, 5, 77. LLL V, 1, 7. V, 2, 93. R2 V, 3, 7. H4A II, 4, 494 etc. Having to after it: All's II, 3, 200. H4A III, 2, 68. Hml. II, 1, 23. Cymb. V, 5, 21. Having with after it: “c. with a king,” H6A V, 3, 149. “was he not c. with the riotous knights,” Lr. II, 1, 96. “to be c. with them,” Cymb. III, 6, 88. -- Sometimes == friend: “his c., youthful Valentine, attends the emperor,” Gentl. I, 3, 26. “who is his c. now?” Ado I, 1, 72. Ado I, 1, 72 II, 1, 231. “in --s, whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love, there must be needs a like proportion of lineaments,” Merch. III, 4, 11. And == spouse: Wint. V, 1, 11. H6A V, 3, 149; cf. V, 5, 58.
3) a person of the same kind or order, fellow: “now, my spruce --s, is all ready?” Shr. IV, 1, 116. “and am glad to have you therein my c.” H8 III, 2, 143. Adjectively: “my c. peers,” R2 I, 3, 93. “I and my c. maid,” Per. V, 1, 78. “my c. friends,” Per. V, 1, 78
4) fellow, in a bad sense: “this cogging c.” Wiv. III, 1, 123. “this c. with the saffron face,” Err. IV, 4, 64. “the other confederate c.” Meas. V, 352. “such insociable --s,” LLL V, 1, 21. “the pale c. is not for our pomp,” Mids. I, 1, 15. “what an equivocal c. is this!” All's V, 3, 250. “'tis too cold a c.” I, 1, 144. “swaggering --s,” H4B II, 4, 102. “I scorn you, scurvy c.” H4B II, 4, 102 “why, rude c., I know thee not,” H6B IV, 10, 33. “such --s,” Cor. IV, 5, 14. “now, you c.” V, 2, 65. “c., hence!” Caes. IV, 3, 138. “undertake every c.” Cymb. II, 1, 29. “such --s,” Oth. IV, 2, 141.
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