Middle-English Word of the Day MC Logo

Middle-English Word of the Day - June 16, 2008

Cleke (v.) - To snatch, grasp, or strike.

The devell bekynnes with his honde
Men als he wele kane,
And with his fyve fyngerys
He clekes mony a mone.

- MS. Cantab. Ff.v.48

Pronunciation: /klEk@/

/k/ k in kin
/l/ l in lily
/E/ e in met
/@/ a in sofa

The Middle-English Word of the Day was selected from "A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs, and Ancient Customs, from the Fourteenth Century", by James Orchard Halliwell.

The approximate pronunciation is determined using Carol Hamill's Middle English Pronunciation Guide
and noted using upon the ASCII-IPA Standard

The Middle-English Word of the Day is automatically distributed Monday through Friday.

To subscribe, send email to mewd-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.