Definition of chide in English:



  • Scold or rebuke.

    ‘she chided him for not replying to her letters’
    with direct speech ‘‘Now, now,’ he chided’
    • ‘The judge chided the girls for rapping on the door at such a late hour.’
    • ‘His vigorously unconventional storytelling has earned him as many critics, who chide him for being overly clever and self-referential, as devotees.’
    • ‘One guy in a pickup pulls over and chides them for criticizing Wal-Mart.’
    • ‘When he explains that the crack about encouraging homemakers to become lawyers was a joke, she chides him about his tone.’
    • ‘Overwhelmed by this observation, I chided myself for never having noticed it before.’
    • ‘‘You're hurting me, you're hurting me,’ her daughter chides her.’
    • ‘He gently chided the organizers of another event, where he gave his talk in front of an empty wall.’
    • ‘When it finally surfaced, other journalists politely chided him and dropped the subject.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There used to be times when mothers chided children about bad handwriting.’
    • ‘The President instead chided the legislature for failing to attend to its own duties, such as passing legislation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She chides him for talking so philosophically.’
    • ‘The plump cook chided me, slapping my small hand away when it reached for one more chocolate chip cookie.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He also chided one reviewer at another paper for being self-centered.’
    • ‘I gently chided her for leaving me to face this cancer on my own.’
    • ‘The book also gently chides parents about their own angry behavior by illustrating the impact it has on children.’
    • ‘The mayor also promises less services, and chides everyone for all our profligate ways in the past ten years.’
    scold, chastise, upbraid, berate, castigate, lambaste, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, admonish, remonstrate with, lecture, criticize, censure
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Old English cīdan, of unknown origin.