Definition of clype in English:



[no object]Scottish
  • Inform on someone; tell tales.

    ‘the scam went on for two weeks until disgruntled neighbours clyped on him’
    • ‘We divided into three groups; top dogs were those near school-leaving age, next came those in the pre-teen bracket, and bottom of the pile were the wee pains who got under everyone's feet and ran off to clype on any who attempted forcibly to remove them.’
    • ‘This caused a wry smile among some of her Cabinet colleagues as the culture minister has earned a reputation - unfair, I'm sure - for clyping on fellow ministers to Jack McConnell.’
    • ‘It was like asking Freemasons to clype on their grandmaster.’
    • ‘Cereal and scrambled eggs have left her chirpy enough to clype on two friends who came to watch her play here last year but did not manage to leave the sumptuous swimming pool.’


  • An informer.

    • ‘The boys also built a snow house which was used to punish clypes.’
    • ‘Let's not give these wee clypes the opportunity to nick our wheels.’
    • ‘Schoolchildren, with the natural moral sense of the young, have always detested "clypes".’
    • ‘And yet there's something in the British character that hates snitchers, tell-tales, sneaks and clypes.’
    • ‘I've just accused one of my granddaughters of being a clype and she didn't know what it meant.’


Early 18th century: obscurely developed from Old English cleopian ‘call’, of Germanic origin.