- 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 chiding
But the greatest sin of all for Francis is perhaps that of careerism, chiding those who honor people rather than God.Pope Francis Denounces the Vatican Elite’s 'Spiritual Alzheimer’s'
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 23, 2014
But it was not long into the first interview when Heinz grew frustrated, chiding Lombardi for having “no audio-visual recall.”The Night Vince Lombardi Lay Awake Brooding Over a 49-0 Win
January 25, 2014
Then, KYAnonymous tweeted at him, chiding the boy for hiding.Steubenville Rape Case Splits Town Between Big Red and Guy Fawkes
January 7, 2013
Marty will be there in spirit, chiding the spongers: Do you think every day is Christmas?Marty Reisman: The Magical Hustler Who Saved a Classic Game
December 10, 2012
"Look at your hair," she says—chiding, yes, but more mildly than I'd expected.The Cattiest Matchmaker
February 22, 2010
"No; that isn't it," he said, chiding her with a waggish forefinger.Alice Adams
But Bill was in no mood to accept any sort of chiding on the point.The Law-Breakers
There was no chiding; and Archie breathed easier after he had read the letter.Billy Topsail & Company
Alas for a man who, being with her, must spend his time in chiding!Simon Dale
Now Marguerite was chiding herself for her doubts and for her fears.The Elusive Pimpernel
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
- to rebuke or scold
- (tr) to goad into action
Word Origin and History for chiding
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.