- to call; name (now chiefly in the past participle as ycleped or yclept).
Origin of clepe
before 900; Middle English clepen, Old English cleopian, variant of clipian; akin to Middle Low German kleperen to rattle
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Examples from the Web for cleped
And because that Ninus performed it, he cleped it Nineveh after his own name.The Travels of Sir John Mandeville
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How shal it an ben quod I. nis er an no ing at by ryt may be cleped eyer happe or ellis auenture of fortune.
Yes madame, said Galgano: God himself could not do me a greater pleasure, than to suffer me to be cleped within your armes.The Palace of Pleasure
Thanne comth the sinne of worldly sorwe, swich as is cleped tristicia, that sleeth man, as seint Paul seith.Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535
Eileen Edna Power
- (tr) archaic to call by the name of
Old English cleopian; related to Middle Low German kleperen to rattle
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Word Origin and History for cleped
"to call; to name" (archaic), from Old English cleopian, clipian "to speak, call; summon, invoke; implore."
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