chide

play
verb \ˈchīd\

Definition of chide

chid

play \ˈchid\ or

chided

play \ˈchī-dəd\

chid

or

chidden

play \ˈchi-dən\ or

chided

chiding

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 in a sentence

  1. She chided us for arriving late.

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

Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners

chide

play
verb \ˈchīd\

Definition of chide for English Language Learners

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


CHIDE Defined for Kids

chide

play
verb \ˈchīd\

Definition of chide for Students

chided

chiding

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



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