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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. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for chidden
Historical Examples
  • 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) Samuel Richardson
  • 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 Alexander Hislop
  • His mouth compressed itself into a petulant line, like that of a chidden child ready to cry.

    The Treasure of Heaven Marie Corelli
  • When she had announced her choice of a day, they had chidden her.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • The little chairs and stools were there, or, perhaps, the playthings I had once chidden them for breaking.

  • Love brooded above and around him—timid, chidden, but absolute, adoring.

  • She relapsed into silence, something after the manner of a child who has been chidden, which did not add to my ease.

    A New Sensation Albert Ross
  • Then Ralph told him how he had left his treasure, expecting to be chidden.

    Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories Arthur Christopher Benson
  • Chid and chidden should be taught, and chode and chided condemned as illiterate.

    Society for Pure English, Tract 3 (1920) Society for Pure English
  • Am I a child to be chidden and rendered submissive by imposing airs?

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
British Dictionary definitions for chidden


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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