To Awha'pe. v.a. [This word l have met with only in Spenser, nor can I discover whence it is derived; but imagine, that the Teutonick language had anciently wapen, to strike, or some such word, from which weapons, or offensive arms, took their denomination.] To strike; to confound.
Ah! my dear gossip, answer'd then the ape,
Deeply do your sad words my wits awhape,
Both for because your grief doth great appear,
And eke because myself am touched near. Hubberd's Tale.