- 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.
- to scold or reproach; find fault.
Origin of chide
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Examples from the Web for chid
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
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
- to rebuke or scold
- (tr) to goad into action
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.