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or ycleped

[ee-klept] /iˈklɛpt/
a past participle of clepe.
Origin of yclept
before 1000; Middle English ycleped, Old English geclypod, past participle of clypian, cleopian to clepe


[kleep] /klip/
verb (used with object), cleped or clept (also ycleped or yclept ) cleping. Archaic.
to call; name (now chiefly in the past participle as ycleped or yclept).
before 900; Middle English clepen, Old English cleopian, variant of clipian; akin to Middle Low German kleperen to rattle Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for yclept
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  • At the foot of this rock there is a deep, narrow, crooked cleft, yclept the 'Needle's Eye.'

    Nooks and Corners of Shropshire H. Thornhill Timmins
  • Am I not yclept quacksalver by those that come not near me, and wizard by those I heal?

  • Who, in your opinion, is the greatest leader of the "opposition" yclept the Christian religion?

  • And dared the vengeance of the Russ, whose sway is yclept divine?

  • We had no bread but lumps of hot dough, which reminded me forcibly of certain juvenile creations of my brothers, yclept dumps.

    Records of Later Life Frances Ann Kemble
  • I take it, however, as a hopeful sign that one of the latest comers to the circle is yclept Radium.

    The Welsh Pony Olive Tilford Dargan
  • Xanthippe by name, yclept also Iaia by way of jest, escapes from sorrow since her soul from the body flies.

  • On one of these our cow gun, yclept "Wearie Willie," was hauled; it took fifty-six oxen to get him up there.

    A Yeoman's Letters P. T. Ross
  • A projection of the roof, yclept “hurricane-deck,” serves as an awning to this continuous terrace, shading it from the sun.

    The Death Shot Mayne Reid
  • This rustic place was originally the village ale house, yclept "The Horse Shoe."

    The King's Post R. C. Tombs
British Dictionary definitions for yclept


a past participle of clepe
having the name of; called
Word Origin
Old English gecleopod, past participle of cleopian to call


verb clepes, cleping, cleped (kliːpt; klɛpt), clept, ycleped, yclept
(transitive) (archaic) to call by the name of
Word Origin
Old English cleopian; related to Middle Low German kleperen to rattle
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Word Origin and History for yclept

Old English gicliopad; from y- + pas participle of cleopian, cpipian "to speak, call; summon, invoke; implore" (see clepe).



"to call; to name" (archaic), from Old English cleopian, clipian "to speak, call; summon, invoke; implore."

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