From Middle English beclippen, from Old English beclyppan (“to clip, clasp, embrace, enfold”), from Proto-Germanic *bi- (“be-”), *klupjaną (“to hold, clench”), from Proto-Indo-European *glēb-, *glēp- (“to hold, clench”), equivalent to be- + clip. Compare also Middle English umbeclippen (“to embrace”). More at umbeclip.
- (transitive, obsolete) To fold in the arms; embrace; clasp.
- (transitive) To wrap around; enclose; encircle; surround.
- (transitive, obsolete) To include; comprise; comprehend; contain.
- (transitive, obsolete) To lay hold of; seize upon; grip; catch; overtake.
- (transitive, obsolete) To curdle (milk).