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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English clepen, clepien, from Old English cleopian, clipian (to speak, cry out, call, summon, invoke, cry to, implore), from Proto-Germanic *klipōną (to ring, sound), from Proto-Indo-European *gal- (to sound). Cognate with Old Frisian klippa, kleppa (to ring), Dutch kleppen (to toll, chatter), Middle Low German kleppen (to strike, sound), Middle Low German kleperen (to rattle).

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VerbEdit

clepe (third-person singular simple present clepes, present participle cleping, simple past cleped or clepen or clept, past participle cleped or clept or clepen or yclept)

  1. (intransitive, archaic or dialectal) To give a call; cry out; appeal.
  2. (transitive, archaic or dialectal) To call; call upon; cry out to.
  3. (transitive, archaic or dialectal) To call to one's self; invite; summon.
  4. (transitive, archaic or dialectal) To call; call by the name of; name.
  5. (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal, often with 'on') To tell lies about; inform against (someone).
  6. (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To be loquacious; tattle; gossip.
  7. (transitive, now chiefly dialectal) To report; relate; tell.

Usage notesEdit

The verb is obsolete, except in certain dialects or when used in the past participle yclept which is sometimes used as a deliberate archaism, or as an idiomatic set phrase: aptly yclept.

NounEdit

clepe (plural clepes)

  1. (now chiefly dialectal) A cry; an appeal; a call.
    • a. 1547, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, transl., “Virgil’s Æneid”, in Geo. Fred. Nott, editor, The Works of Henry Howard Earl of Surrey and of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder, volume I, London: T. Bensley, published 1815, book II, lines 1021–1024, page 124:
      So bold was I to show my voice that night / With clepes, and cries, to fill the street throughout / With Creuse’ name in sorrow, with vain tears ; / And often-sithes the same for to repeat.

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VerbEdit

clepe

  1. to call, to name to clepe

ReferencesEdit

  • J. Poole W. Barnes, A Glossary, with Some Pieces of Verse, of the Old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy (1867)