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[chahyd] /tʃaɪd/
verb (used with object), chided or chid
[chid] /tʃɪd/ (Show IPA),
chided or chid or chidden
[chid-n] /ˈtʃɪd n/ (Show IPA),
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), chided or chid
[chid] /tʃɪd/ (Show IPA),
chided or chid or chidden
[chid-n] /ˈtʃɪd n/ (Show IPA),
to scold or reproach; find fault.
Origin of chide
before 1000; Middle English chiden, Old English cīdan
Related forms
chider, noun
chidingly, adverb
outchide, verb (used with object), outchided or outchid, outchided or outchid or outchidden, outchiding.
unchid, adjective
unchidden, adjective
unchided, adjective
unchiding, adjective
unchidingly, adverb
1, 3. reprove, rebuke, censure, upbraid, blame.
1, 3. praise. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chid
Historical Examples
  • The King, however, chid her, and ordered them to convey her back to her chamber.

  • Tom will not only be chid, but have to go without his dinner.

  • But his wife, who had more than a man's courage, chid his weakness, and put heart into him with her manful admonitions.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
  • Indeed she chid Margaret for her lack of gaiety upon such an occasion.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • I chid her for her awkwardness in waiting on me, and repulsed her at every step.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • His answer was a sigh, and when she chid him for it, he essayed a smile that was yet more melancholy.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • "Don't say paid medium, as if the paying detracted from her worth," Benjamin Crane chid the girl.

    The Come Back Carolyn Wells
  • But the man noticed nothing in his impatience, and only chid her for her slowness.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • Vada chid him in her childishly superior way, but her efforts were quite lost on his delicious self-importance.

  • I chid them, and called to them, but even the fiercest would not follow me.

    Sintram and His Companions Friedrich de la Motte Fouque
British Dictionary definitions for chid


verb chides, chiding, chided, chid, chided, chid, chidden
to rebuke or scold
(transitive) to goad into action
Derived Forms
chider, noun
chidingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English cīdan
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Word Origin and History for chid



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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