verb up·braid \ˌəp-ˈbrād\

: to speak in an angry or critical way to (someone who has done something wrong)

Full Definition of UPBRAID

transitive verb
:  to criticize severely :  find fault with
:  to reproach severely :  scold vehemently
up·braid·er noun

Examples of UPBRAID

  1. <his wife upbraided him for his irresponsible handling of the family finances>

Origin of UPBRAID

Middle English upbreyden, from Old English ūpbregdan, probably from ūp up + bregdan to snatch, move suddenly — more at braid
First Known Use: 12th century


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