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Monday, June 22, 2015

Definitions for clepe

  1. Archaic. to call; name (now chiefly in the past participle as ycleped or yclept).

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Citations for clepe
…That none of us not speak a single word, / Nor clepe nor cry, but be in his prayere, / For that is Godde's owen heste dear. Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, 1400
After all these there marcht a most faire Dame, / Led of two grysie Villeins, th' one Despight, / The other cleped Cruelty by name: / She, dolefull Lady, like a dreary Spright / Cald by strong charmes out of eternall night, / Had Deathes owne ymage figurd in her face… Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, 1590
Origin of clepe
Clepe has been in English since before 900. It is akin to the Middle Low German kleperen meaning "to rattle."