verb (used with object), cleped or clept (also y·cleped or y·clept ), clep·ing. Archaic.
Origin of clepe
Examples from the Web for clepe
And this star that is toward the north, that we clepe the Lode-star, ne appeareth not to them.
And there be also urchins, as great as wild swine here; we clepe them Porcz de Spine.
And then he made many statutes and ordinances that they clepe Ysya Chan.
For schal I clepe it a felonie an or a synne at I haue desired e sauuacioun of e ordre of e senat.Chaucer's Translation of Boethius's 'De Consolatione Philosophiae'|Geoffrey Chaucer
And between that river and the great sea Ocean, that p. 169they clepe the Sea Maure, lie all these realms.
British Dictionary definitions for clepe
verb clepes, cleping, cleped (kliːpt, klɛpt), clept, ycleped or yclept
Word Origin for clepe
Word Origin and History for clepe
"to call; to name" (archaic), from Old English cleopian, clipian "to speak, call; summon, invoke; implore."