\ ˈchīd How to pronounce chide (audio) \
chid\ ˈchid How to pronounce chid (audio) \ or chided\ ˈchī-​dəd How to pronounce chided (audio) \; chid or chidden\ ˈchi-​dᵊn How to pronounce chidden (audio) \ or chided; chiding\ ˈchī-​diŋ How to pronounce chiding (audio) \

Definition of chide

intransitive verb

: to speak out in angry or displeased rebuke is quick to chide against the mayor for his negligence

transitive verb

: to voice disapproval to : reproach in a usually mild and constructive manner : scold She chided us for arriving late.

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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

Examples of chide in a Sentence

She chided us for arriving late. “You really should have been here on time,” she chided.
Recent Examples on the Web We are spared the faux horror of Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, who chided Congress for its abdication of responsibility but didn’t want to hear the former national-security adviser John Bolton testify under oath about grave wrongdoing by the President. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "The Wrenching Truth About Mitt Romney’s Vote Is That It Doesn’t Matter," 6 Feb. 2020 Along with the memes came the counter-memes, chiding people for joking about war, or smarming at them over how little their comfortable lives would be impacted by a new war in Iran. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "World War III Is an Irresistible Meme," 5 Jan. 2020 Reviews were generally kind, though critics chided both albums for failing to break any fresh ground. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "2019 entertainment Top 10: 'Hamilton,' 'Old Town Road,' ELO," 29 Dec. 2019 Smith, for instance, once publicly chided AGDQ and defended a speedrunner named RWGoose after that player posted Nazi rhetoric online and received a ban from the competition. Steven T. Wright, Ars Technica, "How the scourge of cheating is changing speedrunning," 22 Dec. 2019 The one that chides Cowboys management for slow-playing his contract is a new character. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Dak Prescott is selling himself now, and that’s a problem for the Dallas Cowboys," 3 Feb. 2020 Criticism over the slow pace of construction for other projects — from general grumbling to negative memes from anti-Ilitch activists on Facebook — led to an HBO report last spring that chided the Ilitch organization for unfulfilled pledges. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Ilitch organization says its trying harder to build the arena district," 1 Feb. 2020 But this week on Twitter Greenfield chided the senator for her comments on Biden, and is now fundraising off them. NBC News, "Vulnerable Republican senators deal with challengers at home on impeachment," 31 Jan. 2020 Some of the protesters chided Northam over scandals unrelated to guns that have troubled his time in the executive mansion. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "Only one arrest made during Second Amendment rally attended by thousands in Virginia capital," 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of chide

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for chide

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

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The first known use of chide was before the 12th century

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20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of chide

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


\ ˈchīd How to pronounce chide (audio) \
chided; chiding

Kids Definition of chide

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

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