\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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Johnson used a Drake meme on Instagram to chide Underwood, who was turned down by the Golden Knights to sing the national anthem before Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Vegas Golden Knights national anthem singer throws shade at Carrie Underwood," 17 May 2018 The moment begins comically, with Samantha chiding Smith for returning to their apartment late and leaving her to lie on the kitchen table covered in sushi for hours. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Long Live Samantha Jones," 6 June 2018 The speed rusher was best known for his trademark spin, a move defensive coaches chided and offensive linemen feared., "Champion Eagles Vs. Atlanta To Open Season; Freeney Retiring As A Colt," 19 Apr. 2018 In return, Kramer praised Urlacher for continuing the Bears’ remarkable legacy of excellent middle linebackers, and then chided him about the team not having had a quarterback since the 1940s. Andy Benoit,, "Anxious Waiting, then a Knock on the Door: With Jerry Kramer When He Gets the Call to the Hall," 4 Feb. 2018 The second hairstyle headache to make headlines in recent days, Kardashian was chided by some online when North stepped out with straight locks in New York City for her fifth birthday festivities. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Kim Kardashian defends braids, claims she’s ‘not tone deaf’," 22 June 2018 Meanwhile, Bechard’s new lawyer Peter Stris, who filed the suit, chided Avenatti on Twitter for feigning ignorance about why he was sued. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Shera Bechard just sued Trump donor Elliott Broidy over a scuttled hush money deal," 6 July 2018 Hansen chides the drummer before Coverdale breaks into a quick line from the song's chorus. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Watch Jason Bonham Interview Foreigner & Whitesnake Backstage on Tour: Exclusive Video," 26 June 2018 Look no further than another tweet sent by Brian Stelter on Wednesday, chiding the liberal activist Amy Siskind for comparing border-crossing checkpoints to the dystopian authoritarian state of Margaret Atwood’s Gilead. Rebecca Traister, The Cut, "Summer of Rage," 29 June 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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