clepe (v.), past forms clept, yclept Old form(s): clipt
[archaism] call, name, style
Ham I.iv.19[Hamlet to Horatio, of outsiders' views of the Danes] They clepe us drunkards [reading of Q2 clip]
LLL V.i.22[Holofernes to Nathaniel, of Armado's pronunciation] He clepeth a calf 'cauf'
Mac III.i.93[Macbeth to Murderers] Shoughs, water-rugs, and demi-wolves are clept / All by the name of dogs
Ven.995[of Venus and death] She clepes him king of graves
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