Meaning of yclept in English:


Pronunciation /ɪˈklɛpt/


archaic predicative
  • By the name of.

    ‘a lady yclept Eleanora’
    • ‘Why art thou so oddly yclept, so whimsically named - oh, got it, you play the HARP.’
    • ‘Taking advantage of the disposition you express to hear from the ‘dear public,’ I beg to submit a few reflections concerning the idiosyncrasies of that part of our city yclept ‘The Street’.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘It is I who is yclept the fool, but…’ Roger punched him out before he could finish, but when I explained Vertumnus was my fool he left in disgust.’


Old English gecleopod, past participle of cleopian ‘call’, of Germanic origin.