Definition of chide in English:



  • Scold or rebuke.

    ‘she chided him for not replying to her letters’
    [with direct speech] ‘‘Now, now,’ he chided’
    • ‘When it finally surfaced, other journalists politely chided him and dropped the subject.’
    • ‘The mayor also promises less services, and chides everyone for all our profligate ways in the past ten years.’
    • ‘When he explains that the crack about encouraging homemakers to become lawyers was a joke, she chides him about his tone.’
    • ‘He gently chided the organizers of another event, where he gave his talk in front of an empty wall.’
    • ‘I say this to Chris, and he chides me for assuming the falcons are of opposite sexes.’
    • ‘She chided the father for ‘abusing’ his son and said she intended to call the police.’
    • ‘The book also gently chides parents about their own angry behavior by illustrating the impact it has on children.’
    • ‘There used to be times when mothers chided children about bad handwriting.’
    • ‘She chides him for talking so philosophically.’
    • ‘Overwhelmed by this observation, I chided myself for never having noticed it before.’
    • ‘The 34-year-old rugby-playing vicar, who is married with three young children, chides his flock in the latest issue of his parish magazine.’
    • ‘I gently chided her for leaving me to face this cancer on my own.’
    • ‘‘You're hurting me, you're hurting me,’ her daughter chides her.’
    • ‘The President instead chided the legislature for failing to attend to its own duties, such as passing legislation.’
    • ‘He also chided one reviewer at another paper for being self-centered.’
    • ‘One guy in a pickup pulls over and chides them for criticizing Wal-Mart.’
    • ‘His vigorously unconventional storytelling has earned him as many critics, who chide him for being overly clever and self-referential, as devotees.’
    • ‘The plump cook chided me, slapping my small hand away when it reached for one more chocolate chip cookie.’
    • ‘The judge chided the girls for rapping on the door at such a late hour.’
    • ‘When I refused to eat my soup, she chided me, asking if I wanted to grow up to be as small as eight-year-olds tend to be.’
    scold, chastise, upbraid, berate, castigate, lambaste, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, admonish, remonstrate with, lecture, criticize, censure
    call to account, take to task, pull up, go on at, read someone the riot act, haul someone over the coals, give someone a piece of one's mind
    tell off, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a talking-to, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, let someone have it, send someone away with a flea in their ear, bawl out, give someone hell, come down on, blow up at, pitch into, lay into, lace into, tear into, give someone a caning, put on the mat, slap down, blast, rag, keelhaul
    tick off, have a go at, carpet, monster, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, give someone some stick, wig, give someone a wigging, give someone a row, row
    chew out, ream out, take to the woodshed
    bollock, give someone a bollocking
    chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass
    call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim
    reprehend, objurgate
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Old English cīdan, of unknown origin.