\ ˈchīd How to pronounce chide (audio) \
chid\ ˈchid How to pronounce chide (audio) \ or chided\ ˈchī-​dəd How to pronounce chide (audio) \; chid or chidden\ ˈchi-​dᵊn How to pronounce chide (audio) \ or chided; chiding\ ˈchī-​diŋ How to pronounce chide (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 Some enthusiasts may chide Mr. Bezuidenhout for playing an 1820s fortepiano in his recordings of Beethoven’s early piano concertos, which date to the 1790s. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout Plays Mozart and Beethoven As They Originally Sounded," 23 Apr. 2021 Troilo, however, would chide his protégé for using too many notes in his arrangements, confounding the dancers, Azzi says. Los Angeles Times, "They called him tango’s assassin. But Astor Piazzolla’s musical reboot made him a legend," 15 Apr. 2021 The point isn’t to chide financial regulators for responding to the pandemic. Gregory Zerzan, WSJ, "Yellen Can’t Save the Polar Bears," 25 Feb. 2021 State Democrats took the opportunity to chide the governor over the inaction. Cole Lauterbach, Washington Examiner, "Arizona to offer COVID-19 tests in airports for holiday travelers," 19 Nov. 2020 The other directors didn’t chide him for his truancy. Charles Duhigg, The New Yorker, "How Venture Capitalists Are Deforming Capitalism," 23 Nov. 2020 Trump supporters and conservative personalities were quick to chide Biden for missing the opportunity to take questions. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Biden walks out after Pittsburgh speech without taking questions," 31 Aug. 2020 As national security adviser, Mr. McMaster shared that view, including during a speech at the Munich Security Conference, leading Mr. Trump to chide him on Twitter. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "McMaster, Mostly Silent Until Now, Says Trump Is ‘Aiding and Abetting Putin’s Efforts’," 1 Oct. 2020 Around the horn Republicans chide Tammy Baldwin over her opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trump-Biden debate; court rules on election deadline, all eyes on Hagedorn," 29 Sep. 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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7 May 2021

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“Chide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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