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From Middle English chiden (“to chide, rebuke, disapprove, criticize; complain, grumble, dispute; argue, debate, dispute, quarrel”), from Old English ??dan (“to chide, reprove, rebuke; blame, contend, strive, quarrel, complain”). Cognate with German kiden (“to sound”); Old High German k?dal (“wedge”).
- (transitive) To admonish in blame; to reproach angrily.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To utter words of disapprobation and displeasure; to find fault; to contend angrily.
- (transitive, intransitive) To make a clamorous noise; to chafe.