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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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  • He would have preferred that she found these repulsive, but she continued gay, even hard, under his chiding.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • But Bill was in no mood to accept any sort of chiding on the point.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • He delivers first, and lets the deliverance stand in place of chiding.

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

    Billy Topsail & Company Norman Duncan
  • "You could not marry yet, Percival," she said, in rather a chiding tone.

    Under False Pretences Adeline Sergeant
British Dictionary definitions for chiding


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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