yclept

or y·cleped

[ee-klept]

Origin of yclept

before 1000; Middle English ycleped, Old English geclypod, past participle of clypian, cleopian to clepe

clepe

[kleep]
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).

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

Historical Examples of yclept

  • Am I not yclept quacksalver by those that come not near me, and wizard by those I heal?

  • 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.

  • The superstitious declared the gorge was haunted by a frightful, hirsute demon, yclept Hobthurst.

    The Lancashire Witches

    William Harrison Ainsworth


British Dictionary definitions for yclept

yclept

verb
  1. a past participle of clepe
adjective
  1. having the name of; called

Word Origin for yclept

Old English gecleopod, past participle of cleopian to call

clepe

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

Word Origin for clepe

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

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

clepe

v.

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

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