chide

verb
\ 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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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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

In The Farewell, Billi has a quieter revelation that pulls her away from the American nonchalance her grandmother once chided her for. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Can a Film Be a Love Letter to a Country?," 17 July 2019 State officials have bemoaned the spending and chided the federal government for stiffing Texas taxpayers with the bill. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Texas to send 1,000 National Guard troops to Mexico border to deal with 'escalating crisis'," 21 June 2019 Politicians chided them for the violence, while issuing vague expressions of sympathy. The Economist, "The killing of a black Jew sparks protests in Israel," 11 July 2019 When Peter accidentally unleashes a missile at his romantic rival Brad and nearly blows up his entire class, Fury chides him for it, but doesn’t make any attempt to take the missile system away from Peter. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Spider-Man: Far From Home’s post-credits scene fixes its biggest plot hole," 3 July 2019 Diamondbacks right fielder Adam Jones briefly chided himself. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Compounding mistakes send Diamondbacks to yet another one-run loss," 26 June 2019 By turns chiding and goading, Biden, who can sometimes ramble and meander with long anecdotes, offered one of his most coherent rationales for seeking the presidency. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Biden, Trump travel to Iowa, trade insults," 11 June 2019 More: Michigan baseball's road to Omaha: Meet the characters who sparked the run Brewer has been chiding Trenton to take a return trip to Omaha. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "How one fateful night has helped shape Michigan's Jordan Brewer," 17 June 2019 Men are often chided by their wives or mothers for not being willing to show more affection to their dads or their sons. The Conversation, oregonlive.com, "This is how many dads express their love for sons," 16 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for chide

chide

verb

English Language Learners Definition of chide

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

chide

verb
\ 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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