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chide

play
verb \ˈchīd\

Simple Definition of chide

  • : to express mild disapproval of (someone) : to scold (someone) gently

Full Definition of chide

chid play \ˈchid\ or chid·ed play \ˈchī-dəd\ chid or chid·den play \ˈchi-dən\ or chidedchid·ing play \ˈchī-diŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to speak out in angry or displeased rebuke

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to voice disapproval to :  reproach in a usually mild and constructive manner :  scold

Examples of chide

  1. She chided us for arriving late.

  2. You really should have been here on time, she chided.



Origin of chide

Middle English, from Old English cīdan to quarrel, chide, from cīd strife


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of chide

reprove, rebuke, reprimand, admonish, reproach, chide mean to criticize adversely. reprove implies an often kindly intent to correct a fault <gently reproved my table manners>. rebuke suggests a sharp or stern reproof <the papal letter rebuked dissenting clerics>. reprimand implies a severe, formal, often public or official rebuke <reprimanded by the ethics committee>. admonish suggests earnest or friendly warning and counsel <admonished by my parents to control expenses>. reproach and chide suggest displeasure or disappointment expressed in mild reproof or scolding <reproached him for tardiness> <chided by their mother for untidiness>.


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