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verb (used with object), chid·ed or chid [chid] /tʃɪd/, chid·ed or chid or chid·den [chid-n] /ˈtʃɪd n/, chid·ing.
  1. to express disapproval of; scold; reproach: The principal chided the children for their thoughtless pranks.
  2. to harass, nag, impel, or the like by chiding: She chided him into apologizing.
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verb (used without object), chid·ed or chid [chid] /tʃɪd/, chid·ed or chid or chid·den [chid-n] /ˈtʃɪd n/, chid·ing.
  1. to scold or reproach; find fault.
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Origin of chide

before 1000; Middle English chiden, Old English cīdan
Related formschid·er, nounchid·ing·ly, adverbout·chide, verb (used with object), out·chid·ed or out·chid, out·chid·ed or out·chid or out·chid·den, out·chid·ing.un·chid, adjectiveun·chid·den, adjectiveun·chid·ed, adjectiveun·chid·ing, adjectiveun·chid·ing·ly, adverb


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1, 3. praise.
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Related Words

rebuke, scold, censure, berate, blame, admonish, upbraid, castigate, reprimand, reproach, condemn, reprehend, flay, rate, reprove, check, monish, lesson

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  • This is one of my foibles: and it is something for you to chide me for.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • 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.'

  • Then at last they slowly returned, unrebuked, for no man had the heart to chide their daring.

    Warrior Gap

    Charles King

  • Do not chide me: pardon me, pardon me, as you have done a thousand times; pardon and pity me.


    Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for chide


verb chides, chiding, chided, chid, chided, chid or chidden
  1. to rebuke or scold
  2. (tr) to goad into action
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Derived Formschider, nounchidingly, adverb

Word Origin

Old English cīdan
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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.

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