- a simple past tense and past participle of clepe.
- 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 clept
And it was wont to be clept Collos; and so call it the Turks yet.
And there an angel held Jacob still, and turned his name, and clept him Israel.
And beside the city of Akon runneth a little river, that is clept Belon.
There be other, that be clept Syrians; and they hold the belief amongst us, and of them of Greece.
In Ethiopia be many diverse folk; and Ethiope is clept Cusis.
- (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 clept
"to call; to name" (archaic), from Old English cleopian, clipian "to speak, call; summon, invoke; implore."
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