Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
CLYPE, Clipe, Claip, Clep, v.1 [kləip Sc., but Rxb. + klep]
(1) To tell tales about, inform against someone. When not used absolutely, always with on. Gen.Sc.
Ye manna clype on's noo, Mary, fin ye gang hame. Mearns 1934 “L. G. Gibbon” Grey Granite I. 76:
If that doesn't please you, gang off and clype. Lnk. 1923 G. Blake Mince Collop Close xi.:
Mrs Rafferty had cliped on Bella to the police. Gall. 1930 (per Wgt.3):
Sandy yince cam' up an tell't me that Johnie was lyin' sleepin' on a rickle o' corn in the middle o' the day when he shud ha'e been workin', an' when I chackit Johnie for't, he said, “I'll mak' him rue the day he clyp't on me.”
Hence (a) clypin', cleping, adj., tell-tale; (b) clyper, n., a tattler, tell-tale.
(a) Sc. 1722 Ramsay Tale of Three Bonnets i. i.:
When men of Mettle thought it Nonsense To heed that cleping Thing ca'd Conscience. Abd. 1928 J. Baxter A' Ae 'Oo' 10:
Did clypin' bow nae deck the lift, The rain micht ne'er hae been! (b) Ags. 1912 J. A. Duthie Rhymes and Reminisc. 75:
There were aye some clypers ready to tell on 'm.
(2) “To be loquacious, to tattle” (Abd., Ayr., Rxb. 1825 Jam.2); “especially, as implying the idea of pertness” (Sc. 1808 Jam., clep); to gossip. Known to Bnff.2 Kcb.9 1936.
Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
She's aye claipin'.
2. tr. To report, relate, tell (Bnff.2, Fif.10 Arg.1 1936).
Bch.(D) 1921 J. Wight in Swatches o' Hamespun 7:
Thinkin' on things she dursena clype. Ags. 1816 G. Beattie John o' Arnha' (1862) 12:
A . . . digression; By bards of yore who sang of gods, Clep'd underplots and episodes. Arg. 1917 A. W. Blue Quay Head Tryst 137:
Up till noo, whan A'm proodly clypin' the story, the secret society o' Edward Main hes kept the vow.
3. Comb.: clype-clash, “a tale-bearer” (Keb.1 1936; Uls.2 1929).
Ags. 1898 Arbroath Guide (5 March) 3/6:
I was never kent for a clype clash a' my days.
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