Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[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.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for chidden
Historical Examples
  • And I was chidden for setting you against complying with your father's will.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Then Ralph told him how he had left his treasure, expecting to be chidden.

    Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories Arthur Christopher Benson
  • Am I a child to be chidden and rendered submissive by imposing airs?

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • He hung his head and stood before her in the deep humility of a chidden child.

    The Literary Sense E. Nesbit
  • I could no more hold his eyes than I could have held those of a chidden dog.

  • Then he turned his face to her like a chidden child, and she spoke to him no more.

    The Locusts' Years Mary Helen Fee
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for chidden

Word Value for chidden

Scrabble Words With Friends