[ chahyd ]
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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.

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.

Origin of chide

before 1000; Middle English chiden,Old English cīdan

Other words for chide

Opposites for chide

Other words from chide

  • chider, noun
  • chid·ing·ly, adverb
  • outchide, 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, adjective
  • un·chid·den, adjective
  • un·chid·ed, adjective
  • un·chid·ing, adjective
  • un·chid·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use chide in a sentence

  • Sometimes it chides us for not having done enough; and then, ag'in it speaks in strong words for havin' done too much.

    The Deerslayer | James Fenimore Cooper
  • It is this burning fever which chides thee, and not thy kind master, Richard of England.

    The Talisman | Sir Walter Scott
  • A maid explains to Krishna that her mistress is still at her toilet and chides him for arriving so abruptly.

  • He now tenderly chides the people for their dependence upon the crown, especially the leaders.

    Junius Unmasked | Joel Moody
  • From the narrow path of virtue Pleasure leads us to more flowery fields, and there Pain meets and chides our wandering.

    Anima Poet | Samuel Taylor Coleridge

British Dictionary definitions for chide


/ (tʃaɪd) /

verbchides, chiding, chided, chid, chided, chid or chidden
  1. to rebuke or scold

  2. (tr) to goad into action

Origin of chide

Old English cīdan

Derived forms of chide

  • chider, noun
  • chidingly, adverb

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