- a set of bells or of slabs of metal, stone, wood, etc., producing musical tones when struck.
- a musical instrument consisting of such a set, especially a glockenspiel.
- the musical tones thus produced.
verb (used without object), chimed, chim·ing.
verb (used with object), chimed, chim·ing.
- to break suddenly and unwelcomely into a conversation, as to express agreement or voice an opinion.
- to harmonize with, as in singing.
- to be consistent or compatible; agree: The new building will not chime in with the surrounding architecture.
Origin of chime1
Examples from the Web for chimed
"Perry" chimed in: "They don't want to take blame," he said of the police union attacking De Blasio.Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters|Olivia Nuzzi|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even Xi chimed in on the debate the other day by saying that the blue in ‘APEC blue’ should remain permanent.Obama and Xi Jinping Say They’ll Work Together to Save Environment|Ben Leung|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Lorena Bobbitt has committed the ultimate revolutionary act of contemporary feminism,” chimed Camille Paglia.
Her red-haired friend Svetlana chimed in, “Between two evils we choose Russia.”Putin Has Predicted Civil War in Ukraine. So Do Many of Its People|Anna Nemtsova|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then came a moment of hesitation, and Mei chimed, “Maybe just a bit.”China’s Concubine Culture Lives On in Mistress Villages|Brendon Hong|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"It was most disgraceful and wicked," chimed in a second lady.Tom Gerrard|Louis Becke
Thats right, chimed in Jerry, and Bob nodded his head in assent.The Motor Boys|Clarence Young
“Perhaps England has sent a regiment of Territorials across by the Ostend boat,” chimed in another.The Day of Wrath|Louis Tracy
"Women do not appear to be generally aware of that fact," we chimed in.The Art of Amusing|Frank Bellew
"Of course not," chimed in Aunt Maria with real feeling, for she was shocked by the youth's haggard and ghastly face.Overland|John William De Forest
- to sound (a bell) or (of a bell) to be sounded by a clapper or hammer
- to produce (music or sounds) by chiming
Word Origin for chime
chimb chine (tʃaɪn)
Word Origin for chime
c.1300, chymbe "cymbal," from Old English cymbal, cimbal, also perhaps through Old French chimbe or directly from Latin cymbalum (see cymbal, the modern word for what this word originally meant). Evidently the word was misinterpreted as chymbe bellen (c.1300) and its sense shifted to "chime bells," a meaning attested from mid-15c.
mid-14c., chyme, from chime (n.). Originally of metal, etc.; of voices from late 14c. To chime in originally was musical, "join harmoniously;" of conversation by 1838. Related: Chimed; chiming.