\ 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.
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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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“Chide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 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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