“Better luck next time, missus,” repled I, wiping my eyes with the back of my hand.
"I never think: I scorn the imputation," repled Vincent, with a look of assumed disdain.
mid-13c., "make a plea in court," from Anglo-French pleder, Old French plaidier, "plead at court" (11c.), from Medieval Latin placitare, from Late Latin placitum (see plea). Sense of "request, beg" first recorded late 14c. Related: Pleaded; pleading; pleadingly.