Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. A past participle of clepe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Called, named.
  • v. Past participle of clepe

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Forms of the preterit and past participle of clepe.

Etymologies

Middle English icleped, from Old English geclepod, past participle of gecleopian, to call : ge-, verb pref.; + cleopian, to call.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Representing Old English ġeclypod. y- from Germanic ge-, clept from clepe. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Words like pantywaist I should probably label as obsolete; a word like yclept, which crops up either facetiously or evocatively in speech and writing now and then, I should label as archaic.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • Well, on to the meat of the mag, yclept Black Amazon of Mars, or Stark Rides Again!

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • Know, then, that I am the daughter of King Hardub of Roum; my name is Abrizah and the ancient dame, yclept Zat al-Dawahi, is my grandmother by the sword side.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • This mighty monarch had a son yclept Sharrkan,143 who was likest of all men to his father and who proved himself one of the prodigies of his time for subduing the brave and bringing his contemporaries to bane and ban.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Then the Kings said each to other, It remaineth only for us to wreak our revenge upon the old woman Shawahi, yclept Zat al-Dawahi, because she is the prime cause of all these calamities and cast us into adversity on this wise.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Ron & Don (KIRO, m-f, 4-7p) said on-air Thursday that "Sheriff Hairspray," (as he's yclept in King County legal circles) won't return their calls, but Darcy "comes down any time we ask her to."

    Sound Politics: Ducking Debates

  • The shortest path from the Hollow to the Rectory wound near a certain mansion, the same under whose lone walls Malone passed on that night-journey mentioned in an early chapter of this work - the old and tenantless dwelling yclept Fieldhead.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • There had been talk at first, both inside and outside the Francais, of a satirical piece called the Petty Bourgeois, but having nothing except the name in common with his unfinished novel similarly yclept.

    Balzac

  • There was a sort of scholars along either side the board, that is to wit, Dixon yclept junior of saint

    Ulysses

  • And there came against the place as they stood a young learningknight yclept Dixon.

    Ulysses

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  • JM is aptly yclept JM

    November 16, 2009

  • A.C Spectorsky (1910-1972) was the books editor for Playboy during its heyday as a pseudo intellectual journal. He used the phrase "aptly yclept" once a month. After a quick trip to the Funk and Wagnalls, Playboy wannabes sprinkled it in their conversation.

    His full name was "Auguste Comet Spectorsky"

    February 19, 2009

  • By the name of; called. Once this was the standard way of forming the past participle of the verb clepe, to call (or, more strictly, its Old English precursor, cleopian). For the past few hundred years it has only turned up as a deliberately archaic form, mostly in poetry, or as light relief. It surfaces occasionally as ponderous humour in journalistic pieces, as here in the Jerusalem Post in 1997 (the name of the writer has been suppressed to protect the guilty): "The caption under the photo of the unfortunately yclept basketball player just makes matters worse: ‘David Putz dribbles away...’ ". Such poppings-up are frequent enough that the word appears in most dictionaries today, even though it died out in the north of England about 1200 and lingered in the south and east only a little longer. It has been outside the mainstream of English for so long that the person credited with popularising it again (Gavin Douglas, a Scots poet and divine), wrote around the end of the fifteenth century. The initial y was once the standard way of marking the past participle: yclensed, yfastened, ypunched, and dozens of others. It was the Old English equivalent of a form which still exists, for example, as ge– in modern German. Advice to budding writers: best avoided!
    (from World Wide Words)

    May 21, 2008

  • Uselessness! Good God, man, do you want to bring down hellfire and damnation on us? Stop even thinking of That Which Will Not Be Spoken!

    P.S. I do love that site, oroboros. Thanks for reminding me.

    September 30, 2007

  • Schmuckenfreude? :oD

    September 30, 2007

  • The S-Word. I'm in eternal ruin for even thinking it.

    September 30, 2007

  • Voldemort!!??

    September 30, 2007

  • Great web site! The best part is, there's no entry for That Which Will Not Be Spoken.

    September 29, 2007

  • From Tony's comment on MyFavoriteWord.com:

    It is my favorite word because of the unusual letter combinations that are not seen in other words. It also leads to pronouncing two double consonants when you speak the word; cl and pt. Yclept means named as in "I have a dog yclept Rover."

    September 29, 2007