from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A private reprimand given to a husband by his wife.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a querulous lecture given by a wife to her husband within the bed curtains, or in bed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A private admonition or chiding; a lecture or scolding, such as might be given behind the curtains or in bed by a wife to her husband.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a private lecture to a husband by his wife
So called because it was originally given in a curtained bed.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)