- a past participle of clepe.
Origin of yclept
before 1000; Middle English ycleped, Old English geclypod, past participle of clypian, cleopian to clepe
- 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 yclept
Am I not yclept quacksalver by those that come not near me, and wizard by those I heal?The Cloister and the Hearth
And dared the vengeance of the Russ, whose sway is yclept divine?
I take it, however, as a hopeful sign that one of the latest comers to the circle is yclept Radium.The Welsh Pony
Olive Tilford Dargan
On one of these our cow gun, yclept "Wearie Willie," was hauled; it took fifty-six oxen to get him up there.A Yeoman's Letters
P. T. Ross
The superstitious declared the gorge was haunted by a frightful, hirsute demon, yclept Hobthurst.The Lancashire Witches
William Harrison Ainsworth
- 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 yclept
"to call; to name" (archaic), from Old English cleopian, clipian "to speak, call; summon, invoke; implore."
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