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[chahyd] /tʃaɪd/
verb (used with object), chided or chid
[chid] /tʃɪd/ (Show IPA),
chided or chid or chidden
[chid-n] /ˈtʃɪd n/ (Show IPA),
to express disapproval of; scold; reproach:
The principal chided the children for their thoughtless pranks.
to harass, nag, impel, or the like by chiding:
She chided him into apologizing.
verb (used without object), chided or chid
[chid] /tʃɪd/ (Show IPA),
chided or chid or chidden
[chid-n] /ˈtʃɪd n/ (Show IPA),
to scold or reproach; find fault.
Origin of chide
before 1000; Middle English chiden, Old English cīdan
Related forms
chider, noun
chidingly, adverb
outchide, verb (used with object), outchided or outchid, outchided or outchid or outchidden, outchiding.
unchid, adjective
unchidden, adjective
unchided, adjective
unchiding, adjective
unchidingly, adverb
1, 3. reprove, rebuke, censure, upbraid, blame.
1, 3. praise. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for chid
Historical Examples
  • Indeed she chid Margaret for her lack of gaiety upon such an occasion.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • His answer was a sigh, and when she chid him for it, he essayed a smile that was yet more melancholy.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • I chid her for her awkwardness in waiting on me, and repulsed her at every step.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • But the man noticed nothing in his impatience, and only chid her for her slowness.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • But Cnut looked gloomy, at which I chid him; but he was silent.

    Elsket Thomas Nelson Page
  • Tom will not only be chid, but have to go without his dinner.

  • Madeline discovered this habit, and chid it; but so tenderly, that it was not cured.

    Eugene Aram, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I chid them, and called to them, but even the fiercest would not follow me.

    Sintram and His Companions Friedrich de la Motte Fouque
  • The Earl of Scilly chid me but this summer for sparing the rod and spoiling the child.

    Harding's luck E. [Edith] Nesbit
  • Georgiana chid at an internal wrath that struggled to win her lips.

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for chid


verb chides, chiding, chided, chid, chided, chid, chidden
to rebuke or scold
(transitive) to goad into action
Derived Forms
chider, noun
chidingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English cīdan
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Word Origin and History for chid



late 12c., "scold, nag, rail," originally intransitive, from Old English cidan "to contend, quarrel, complain." Not found outside Old English (though Liberman says it is "probably related to OHG *kîdal 'wedge,'" with a sense evolution from "brandishing sticks" to "scold, reprove"). Past tense, past participle can be chided or chid or even (past participle) chidden (Shakespeare used it); present participle is chiding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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