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  1. a simple past tense and past participle of clepe.
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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).
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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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Historical Examples

  • And it was wont to be clept Collos; and so call it the Turks yet.

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  • And beside the city of Akon runneth a little river, that is clept Belon.

  • And there an angel held Jacob still, and turned his name, and clept him Israel.

  • There be other, that be clept Syrians; and they hold the belief amongst us, and of them of Greece.

  • From that city of Erzeroum go men to an hill that is clept Sabissocolle.

British Dictionary definitions for clept


verb clepes, cleping, cleped (kliːpt, klɛpt), clept, ycleped or yclept
  1. (tr) archaic to call by the name of
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Word Origin

Old English cleopian; related to Middle Low German kleperen to rattle
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Word Origin and History for clept



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

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