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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


or y·cleped

  1. a past participle of clepe.
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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

Historical Examples of 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.

British Dictionary definitions for ycleped


  1. a past participle of clepe
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  1. having the name of; called
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Word Origin for yclept

Old English gecleopod, past participle of cleopian to call


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 for clepe

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


Old English gicliopad; from y- + pas participle of cleopian, cpipian "to speak, call; summon, invoke; implore" (see clepe).

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

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