\ 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.

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While some moms and dads are in awe of the 'lifesaving' abilities of the soother, others are chiding Babocush for promoting the demise of the parent-baby bond. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "This New Rocking Baby Seat Is Sparking Major Backlash Among Parents," 5 Feb. 2016 The United States has long chided Europe for not doing its part. James Goldgeier, Washington Post, "President Trump goes to Europe this week. Its leaders are bracing for the impact.," 9 July 2018 Some fans have not been big fans of Jeremy’s long hair, and often chide him about the look on social media. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Jeremy Roloff's Latest Photo of His Hair Is Dividing the Internet," 20 July 2018 In 2012, a British parliamentary committee chided executives from Amazon, Google, and even Starbucks for employing such tactics. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "UK set to impose new “tech tax” on Silicon Valley giants," 29 Oct. 2018 That is, until Stone chides him for not running the turn hard enough in the 200. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "HSE sprinter Noah Malone has a vision that exceeds visual impairment," 17 May 2018 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

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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 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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