To call; name.
To call or address (a person)
To call by name; name.
Origin of clepe
- Middle English clepen from Old English cleopian to cry out
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).