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clepe

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verb (used with object), cleped or clept (also y·cleped or y·clept ), clep·ing. Archaic.

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

Nearby words

cleon, cleopatra, cleopatra's needle, cleopatra's needles, clep, clepe, clepsydra, clept, cleptobiosis, cleptocracy, cleptomania

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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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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Word Origin and History for clepe

clepe


v.

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

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