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The verb is obsolete, except in dialects or when used in the past participle yclept which is sometimes used as a deliberate archaism, or as an idiomatic set phrase: aptly yclept.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