Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

clepe

play
verb \ˈklep\

Definition of clepe

cleped

play \ˈklept\

yclept

play \i-ˈklept\ also

cleped

or

ycleped

\i-ˈklept\

cleping

play \ˈkle-piŋ\

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  name, call



Examples of clepe in a sentence

  1. <the brewpub, yclept Ye Olde Taverne, has been decorated in Merrie Olde England to within an inch of its life>



Did You Know?

Clepe itself is a word that is considered archaic and nearly obsolete, but its past participle "yclept" (pronounced ih-KLEPT) continues to be used, albeit rarely. In Old English, the prefix ge- denoted the completion or result of an action; in Middle English, the prefix shifted to "y-" and appeared in words such as "ybaptised" and "yoccupied." Eventually, all the "y-" words except "yclept" fell into disuse. One reason that "yclept" persists may be that it provides a touch of playfulness that appeals to some writers. Another may be that although "yclept" is an unfamiliar term to most people, its meaning can usually be inferred from context. Whatever the reason, "yclept" continues to turn up occasionally in current publications despite its strange and antiquated look.

Origin and Etymology of clepe

Middle English, from Old English clipian to speak, call; akin to OldFrisian kleppa to ring


First Known Use: before 12th century


Learn More about clepe


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up clepe? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the lowest point

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

fox-in-summer-forest

Which of these is a synonym of inchoate?

formless massive frightening experimental
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ