- 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
- a past participle of clepe.
Origin of yclept
before 1000; Middle English ycleped, Old English geclypod, past participle of clypian, cleopian to clepe
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Examples from the Web for ycleped
Account for the second -r in forlorn; and for the y in ycleped.A Handbook of the English Language
Robert Gordon Latham
A huge vehicle, ycleped the ark of Noah, closed the procession.The Headsman
James Fenimore Cooper
But an oblong bit of iron, ycleped a bolt, was passed across the door on the inside, and prevented her benign intentions.The Abbot
Sir Walter Scott
The thing of legs and arms, ycleped Frank, watched my outgoings from the hotel.
- a past participle of clepe
- having the name of; called
Old English gecleopod, past participle of cleopian to call
- (tr) archaic to call by the name of
Old English cleopian; related to Middle Low German kleperen to rattle
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Word Origin and History for ycleped
"to call; to name" (archaic), from Old English cleopian, clipian "to speak, call; summon, invoke; implore."
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