clepe

[kleep]
verb (used with object), cleped or clept (also y·cleped or y·clept ), clep·ing. Archaic.
  1. 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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clepe

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

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

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