- 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 chide
I almost went up to chide him, but who was I to do that, when I had done the same at other times?Curse the Media in Newtown for Doing Too Little, Too Late on Guns
December 20, 2012
Even McBrayer sent him a letter to chide him about the resemblance.Inside the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: An Interview With Richard Cordray
July 1, 2012
Our cars will chide us if we tailgate and watch us as we drive and jolt us awake if are distracted or drifting off to sleep.Secrets of Google's Robo-Car
October 11, 2010
The bipartisan panel will chide and scold the naughty bankers.Wall Street's Rigged Bonuses
January 12, 2010
This is one of my foibles: and it is something for you to chide me for.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Though I was a few minutes late for dinner, Miss Herbert did not chide me for delay.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
I hardly know whether most to laugh at your freak or to chide you for its folly.'A Pair of Blue Eyes
Then at last they slowly returned, unrebuked, for no man had the heart to chide their daring.Warrior Gap
Do not chide me: pardon me, pardon me, as you have done a thousand times; pardon and pity me.Tancred
- to rebuke or scold
- (tr) to goad into action
Word Origin and History for chide
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.