- Obs. to call or address (a person)
- Archaic to call by name; name: generally in the archaic past participle, yclept, ycleped
Origin of clepeMiddle English clepen from Old English cleopian, clipian
transitive verbcleped, cleped, or clept or y·clept or y·cleped clep·ing, clepes Archaic
Origin of clepeMiddle English clepen from Old English cleopian to cry out
(third-person singular simple present clepes, present participle cleping, simple past cleped, clepen or clept, past participle cleped, clept, clepen or yclept)
- (intransitive, archaic or dialectal) To give a call; cry out; appeal.
- (archaic or dialectal) To call; call upon; cry out to.
- (archaic or dialectal) To call to one's self; invite; summon.
- (archaic or dialectal) To call; call by the name of; name.
- (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) (often with on) To tell lies about; inform against (someone).
- (intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To be loquacious; tattle; gossip.
- (now chiefly dialectal) To report; relate; tell.
The verb is obsolete, except in dialects or when used in the past participle yclept which is sometimes used as a deliberate archaism, or as an idiomatic set phrase: aptly yclept.
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”).