\ 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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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 During an interview, Johnson chided Democrats for pursuing impeachment. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin conservative activists fired up for President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign," 16 Nov. 2019 John Thune, of South Dakota, and Rob Portman, of Ohio, chided Trump for pressuring Ukrainian leaders to investigate Biden. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "The Danger of the Supermajority Requirement in an Age of Impeachment," 11 Oct. 2019 This, after Republicans spent two days chiding Schiff for peddling hearsay testimony in the first impeachment hearing. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Breaking Down the Fallout from Marie Yovanovitch’s Testimony," 16 Nov. 2019 On Twitter, Flake, a former Republican senator from Arizona known for his frequent criticism of Trump, chided the former president for his remarks. Jeannette Hinkle, azcentral, "Jeff Flake rebukes Jimmy Carter for calling Trump illegitimate, igniting Twitter uproar," 29 June 2019 But many legislators, including high-ranking members of his own Republican party, have chided the president for not using the full array of powers authorized by Congress. Ian Talley, WSJ, "Will Sanctions Follow Russia Indictments? Trump Holds Sway," 22 July 2018 Fudged numbers: In a guest column for, Rep. Marcia Fudge, an Ohio Democrat, chided the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans for trying to roll back food stamps. cleveland, "Democrats flock to Iowa to make their pitch to voters: The Flyover," 4 Nov. 2019 China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, was permitted to address the Summit and took the opportunity to chide the U.S. for abandoning the Paris Agreement — but didn't announce any stronger commitments from Beijing. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Climate Week Starts With a Fizzle at the U.N. — The Loop," 24 Sep. 2019 Williams denied Beckham’s accusations, jokingly asking reporters: ‘‘Odell who?’’ Williams, who led the Browns to a 5-3 record as their interim coach last season, also chided reporters for giving Beckham attention., "Odell Beckham on what it meant to return to MetLife," 17 Sep. 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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11 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Chide.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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