verb \ˈchīd\

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

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

Full Definition of CHIDE

intransitive verb
:  to speak out in angry or displeased rebuke
transitive verb
:  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>.
CHIDE Defined for Kids


verb \ˈchīd\

Definition of CHIDE for Kids

:  to scold gently <And she chided herself silently for worrying so much. — Kevin Henkes, Olive's Ocean>


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