\ ˈchīd \
chid\ ˈchid \ or chided\ ˈchī-​dəd \; chid or chidden\ ˈchi-​dᵊn \ or chided; chiding\ ˈchī-​diŋ \

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.

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His behavior grew more unpredictable during the stretch run of the 2016 presidential campaign, when Trump chided him for falling asleep on the campaign plane, according to two former campaign officials. Jonathan Lemire,, "As headlines swirl, Trump grows frustrated with Giuliani media blitz," 7 May 2018 During President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, in a tense appearance on Fox & Friends, Wallace chided the hosts for distorting an Obama quote on race. Andrew Goldman, Town & Country, "Chris Wallace Is Fox News's Man in the Middle," 17 Nov. 2018 In addition to chiding Mr. Comey for sending that letter, the Justice Department report also concluded that there was no evidence of political bias in the F.B.I.’s treatment of Mrs. Clinton, puncturing Mr. Trump’s claim of favoritism. Alexander Burns, New York Times, "Democrats Find Vindication, and New Agony, in Report on Comey," 14 June 2018 When Fifty Shades came out, article after article depicted and chided its readers as desperate, horny middle-aged women. Constance Grady, Vox, "Reckoning with Twilight, 10 years later," 21 Nov. 2018 Prosecutors, who have been frustrated by Ellis’ tendency to interrupt and chide prosecutors in front of the jury, sought stronger language to make clear that jurors do not need to adopt any opinions expressed by the judge. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Closing arguments set in Manafort’s financial fraud trial," 14 Aug. 2018 That juxtaposition reflected the way Trump often chides America's oldest friends, but seems comfortable in the company of authoritarians like Kim, Russian President Vladimir Putin and China's President Xi Jinping. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "What really came out of the Trump-Kim summit," 12 June 2018 About 20 Democratic protesters appeared waving signs, chiding the sponsorship of the Koch brothers. Robert King, Indianapolis Star, "Attacks, laser focus and 'career' politicians: Indiana's GOP Senate debate had it all," 20 Feb. 2018 In a page out of Mr. Trump’s playbook, Ms. Ortiz Jones often personally takes to her Twitter account to chide Mr. Hurd. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Trump’s Trade Fights With Mexico and China Weigh on GOP Incumbents," 16 Sep. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of chide

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


\ ˈchīd \
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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