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From Proto-Italic *klepō, from Proto-Indo-European *klep-.

Cognates include Ancient Greek κλέπτω (kléptō).



clepō (present infinitive clepere, perfect active clepsī, supine cleptum); third conjugation

  1. I steal
  2. I listen secretly


   Conjugation of clepo (third conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present clepō clepis clepit clepimus clepitis clepunt
imperfect clepēbam clepēbās clepēbat clepēbāmus clepēbātis clepēbant
future clepam clepēs clepet clepēmus clepētis clepent
perfect clepsī clepsistī clepsit clepsimus clepsistis clepsērunt, clepsēre
pluperfect clepseram clepserās clepserat clepserāmus clepserātis clepserant
future perfect clepserō clepseris clepserit clepserimus clepseritis clepserint
passive present clepor cleperis, clepere clepitur clepimur clepiminī clepuntur
imperfect clepēbar clepēbāris, clepēbāre clepēbātur clepēbāmur clepēbāminī clepēbantur
future clepar clepēris, clepēre clepētur clepēmur clepēminī clepentur
perfect cleptus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect cleptus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect cleptus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present clepam clepās clepat clepāmus clepātis clepant
imperfect cleperem cleperēs cleperet cleperēmus cleperētis cleperent
perfect clepserim clepserīs clepserit clepserīmus clepserītis clepserint
pluperfect clepsissem clepsissēs clepsisset clepsissēmus clepsissētis clepsissent
passive present clepar clepāris, clepāre clepātur clepāmur clepāminī clepantur
imperfect cleperer cleperēris, cleperēre cleperētur cleperēmur cleperēminī cleperentur
perfect cleptus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect cleptus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present clepe clepite
future clepitō clepitō clepitōte clepuntō
passive present clepere clepiminī
future clepitor clepitor clepuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives clepere clepsisse cleptūrus esse clepī cleptus esse cleptum īrī
participles clepēns cleptūrus cleptus clependus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
clepere clependī clependō clependum cleptum cleptū


  • clepo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • clepo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “clepo”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • clepo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette