From Middle English chiden (“to chide, rebuke, disapprove, criticize; complain, grumble, dispute; argue, debate, dispute, quarrel”), from Old English ċīdan (“to chide, reprove, rebuke; blame, contend, strive, quarrel, complain”). Cognate with German kiden (“to sound”); Old High German kīdal (“wedge”).
- (transitive) To admonish in blame; to reproach angrily.
- 1591 And yet I was last chidden for being too slow. — Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act 2, Scene 1.
- 1598 If the scorn of your bright eyne
- Have power to raise such love in mine,
- Alack, in me what strange effect
- Would they work in mild aspect?
- Whiles you chid me, I did love — Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act 4 Scene 2.
- 1920, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Thuvia, Maiden of Mars, edition HTML, The Gutenberg Project, published 2008:
- Then she had not chidden him for the use of that familiar salutation, nor did she chide him now, though she was promised to another.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To utter words of disapprobation and displeasure; to find fault; to contend angrily.
- 1611 And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me? — Genesis 31:36 KJV.
- (intransitive) To make a clamorous noise; to chafe.
- As doth a rock against the chiding flood.
- See also Wikisaurus:reprehend