verb (used with object), chid·ed or chid [chid] /tʃɪd/, chid·ed or chid or chid·den [chid-n] /ˈtʃɪd n/, chid·ing.

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), chid·ed or chid [chid] /tʃɪd/, chid·ed or chid or chid·den [chid-n] /ˈtʃɪd n/, chid·ing.

to scold or reproach; find fault.

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

Synonyms for chide

Antonyms for chide

1, 3. praise. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chiding

Contemporary Examples of chiding

Historical Examples of chiding

  • "No; that isn't it," he said, chiding her with a waggish forefinger.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • But Bill was in no mood to accept any sort of chiding on the point.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • There was no chiding; and Archie breathed easier after he had read the letter.

  • Alas for a man who, being with her, must spend his time in chiding!

    Simon Dale

    Anthony Hope

  • Now Marguerite was chiding herself for her doubts and for her fears.

    The Elusive Pimpernel

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

British Dictionary definitions for chiding


verb chides, chiding, chided, chid, chided, chid or chidden

to rebuke or scold
(tr) to goad into action
Derived Formschider, nounchidingly, adverb

Word Origin for chide

Old English cīdan
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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.

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