- 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 clepe
And then he made many statutes and ordinances that they clepe Ysya Chan.
And in that isle dwelleth the pope of their law, that they clepe Lobassy.
But that is not that east that we clepe our east, on this half, where the sun riseth to us.
And there be many popinjays, that they clepe psittakes their language.
For schal I clepe it a felonie an or a synne at I haue desired e sauuacioun of e ordre of e senat.
- (tr) archaic to call by the name of
Old English cleopian; related to Middle Low German kleperen to rattle
Word Origin and History for clepe
"to call; to name" (archaic), from Old English cleopian, clipian "to speak, call; summon, invoke; implore."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper