clepe

[ kleep ]
/ klip /

verb (used with object), cleped or clept [klept] /klɛpt/ (also y·cleped or y·clept [ee-klept] /iˈklɛpt/ ), clep·ing.Archaic.

to call; name (now chiefly in the past participle as ycleped or yclept).

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Origin of clepe

First recorded before 900; Middle English clepen, Old English cleopian, variant of clipian; akin to Middle Low German kleperen “to rattle”
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British Dictionary definitions for clepe

clepe
/ (kliːp) /

verb clepes, cleping, cleped (kliːpt, klɛpt), clept, ycleped or yclept

(tr) archaic to call by the name of

Word Origin for clepe

Old English cleopian; related to Middle Low German kleperen to rattle
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