- 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 chidden
And I was chidden for setting you against complying with your father's will.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
You have chidden me, and again will, I doubt not, for the liberties I take with some of your relations.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
When she had announced her choice of a day, they had chidden her.Bride of the Mistletoe
James Lane Allen
Love brooded above and around him—timid, chidden, but absolute, adoring.Southern Lights and Shadows
Speak when ye're spoken to, do what ye're bidden, come when ye're ca'd, an' ye'll no be chidden.The Proverbs of Scotland
- to rebuke or scold
- (tr) to goad into action
Word Origin and History for chidden
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.