\ 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 Both DeSantis and Kemp were chided by media pundits and some medical experts for not taking the virus seriously enough. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "Home Depot co-founder: Media has done 'a wonderful job of frightening America' about coronavirus," 20 May 2020 Meanwhile, Arizona residents have been chided for each using a 120 gallons of water per day. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "The coronavirus pandemic forces U.N. to postpone the COP26 climate conference," 2 Apr. 2020 Yesterday, PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor, one of the many pundits masquerading as a dispassionate journalist, was chided by Trump during his presser. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Mike Lindell, Not Yamiche Alcindor, Is the Hero," 31 Mar. 2020 Consequently, the dire state of the planet was pinned on one generation, even lifelong environmentalists, while another was chided for insolence and ignorance. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "It was the year of ‘OK boomer,’ and the generations were at each other’s throats," 24 Dec. 2019 Donald Trump is being chided for doing nothing except increased sanctions against Iran in light of the recent bombing of Saudi oil production facilities. Deanne Musolf, The Mercury News, "Letter: Saudis buy enough U.S. planes to do the bombing themselves," 24 Sep. 2019 City officials have also had to publicly chide residents, in late March, from gathering in large groups at the city’s public parks. al, "Is Mobile County ready to reopen?," 9 May 2020 Beshear at press conference on Tuesday chided Kentuckians who are not taking the pandemic seriously. NBC News, "New ad targets Trump's handling of coronavirus," 26 Mar. 2020 Since then, Justice Clarence Thomas has chided the Supreme Court for its reluctance to take up cases involving gun rights. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Supreme Court tosses dispute over New York City handgun rules," 27 Apr. 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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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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