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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for chide
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  • Forgive me any thing I may have said, that seems to chide my father.

  • Though I was a few minutes late for dinner, Miss Herbert did not chide me for delay.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • She was very cold towards him to-day, but Mrs. Cathcart did not chide her.

    A Fortnight of Folly Maurice Thompson
  • I hardly know whether most to laugh at your freak or to chide you for its folly.'

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • It seemed so strange that she would no longer be free to console him, to chide him, to laugh at and with him.

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

    Warrior Gap Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for chide


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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