Cl pres. drepeʒ , past dreped
'slain, killed' (Modern English drepe)
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
drepa ‘to strike a (violent) blow, knock down, deliver (a fatal) blow; kill, destroy, slaughter (etc.)’
(ONP drepa (vb.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far droypa, Icel drepa, Norw drøypa, Sw dröpa
*drepan 'to strike'
Phonological and morphological markers
The earliest witness to the ‘kill’ sense is ChronE 1137 (see DOE). MED (which does not distinguish between the ‘kill’ and ‘strike’ meanings) cites a handful of occurrences, the great majority in N and E texts.
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus
Gaw 725; Cl 246, 599, 1306, etc.