clepe

play
verb \ˈklēp\

Definition of clepe

cleped

play \ˈklēpt, ˈklept\;

yclept

play \i-ˈklept\ also

cleped

or

ycleped

\i-ˈklept, -ˈklēpt\;

cleping

play

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  name, call

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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 Old Frisian kleppa to ring


First Known Use: before 12th century


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