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or ycleped

[ee-klept] /iˈklɛpt/
a past participle of clepe.
Origin of yclept
before 1000; Middle English ycleped, Old English geclypod, past participle of clypian, cleopian to clepe


[kleep] /klip/
verb (used with object), cleped or clept (also ycleped or yclept ) cleping. Archaic.
to call; name (now chiefly in the past participle as ycleped or yclept).
before 900; Middle English clepen, Old English cleopian, variant of clipian; akin to Middle Low German kleperen to rattle Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for yclept
Historical Examples
  • Am I not yclept quacksalver by those that come not near me, and wizard by those I heal?

  • And dared the vengeance of the Russ, whose sway is yclept divine?

  • I take it, however, as a hopeful sign that one of the latest comers to the circle is yclept Radium.

    The Welsh Pony Olive Tilford Dargan
  • On one of these our cow gun, yclept "Wearie Willie," was hauled; it took fifty-six oxen to get him up there.

    A Yeoman's Letters

    P. T. Ross
  • The superstitious declared the gorge was haunted by a frightful, hirsute demon, yclept Hobthurst.

    The Lancashire Witches William Harrison Ainsworth
  • At the foot of this rock there is a deep, narrow, crooked cleft, yclept the 'Needle's Eye.'

    Nooks and Corners of Shropshire H. Thornhill Timmins
  • This rustic place was originally the village ale house, yclept "The Horse Shoe."

    The King's Post R. C. Tombs
  • Who, in your opinion, is the greatest leader of the "opposition" yclept the Christian religion?

  • A projection of the roof, yclept “hurricane-deck,” serves as an awning to this continuous terrace, shading it from the sun.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • In short, the original intention of the builder of the house No. 9, yclept "La Childebert," has never been explained.

    An Englishman in Paris

    Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
British Dictionary definitions for yclept


a past participle of clepe
having the name of; called
Word Origin
Old English gecleopod, past participle of cleopian to call


verb clepes, cleping, cleped (kliːpt; klɛpt), clept, ycleped, yclept
(transitive) (archaic) to call by the name of
Word Origin
Old English cleopian; related to Middle Low German kleperen to rattle
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Word Origin and History for yclept

Old English gicliopad; from y- + pas participle of cleopian, cpipian "to speak, call; summon, invoke; implore" (see clepe).



"to call; to name" (archaic), from Old English cleopian, clipian "to speak, call; summon, invoke; implore."

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