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.
- c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, The Tragœdy of Othello, the Moore of Venice. […] (First Quarto), London: Printed by N[icholas] O[kes] for Thomas Walkley, […], published 1622, OCLC 724111485, [Act II, scene i], page 24:
- I know too much: / I finde it, I; for when I ha liſt to ſleepe, / Mary, before your Ladiſhip I grant, / She puts her tongue alittle in her heart, / And chides with thinking.
- 1920, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Thuvia, Maiden of Mars, HTML edition, 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.
- (transitive, intransitive) To make a clamorous noise; to chafe.
- c. 1612, William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, Henry VIII, Act 3, Scene 2:
- […] though perils did
Abound, as thick as thought could make ’em, and
Appear in forms more horrid,—yet my duty,
As doth a rock against the chiding flood,
Should the approach of this wild river break,
And stand unshaken yours.
- See also Thesaurus:reprehend