Definition of chide in English:

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chide

Pronunciation: /tʃʌɪd/

verb (past chided or archaic chid /tʃɪd/; past participle chided or archaic chidden /ˈtʃɪd(ə)n/)

[with object]
Scold or rebuke: she chided him for not replying to her letters [with direct speech]: ‘Now, now,’ he chided
More example sentences
  • One guy in a pickup pulls over and chides them for criticizing Wal-Mart.
  • He gently chided the organizers of another event, where he gave his talk in front of an empty wall.
  • I gently chided her for leaving me to face this cancer on my own.
Synonyms
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
informal 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
British informal 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
North American informal chew out, ream out, take to the woodshed
British vulgar slang bollock, give someone a bollocking
North American vulgar slang chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass
dated call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim
rare reprehend, objurgate

Derivatives

chider

noun
Example sentences
  • The High Bailiff shall make a stool and mend the pillory to punish chiders and scolders by Christmas.
  • They may chide occasionally but this is done from the perspective of the chidee rather than the chider.
  • The flock of chiders, complainers, carpers, cavilers, and castigators makes it harder and harder to get an optimistic note in edgewise.

chiding

adjective
Example sentences
  • I put emphasis on the word fun, twisting it so that it sounded chiding and sarcastic.
  • I could be the chiding uncle, who turns up at the right time, brings educational presents, and tutors the boy on the correct way to do everything.
  • He walked by the door and heard his father's chiding voice in his head, ‘Remember to check the door for heat, no matter what.’

chidingly

adverb
Example sentences
  • At his expression of surprise, Celeste walked away from him and paced the room, saying chidingly to herself, ‘I know it's a big request and it's probably the worst thing I could ask especially since I have three kids.’
  • ‘Kate,’ she would say chidingly, ‘You're so serious, so solemn for your age.’
  • He spoke chidingly, ‘Now darling, I've told you that I don't want anything I tell you to color your memory.’

Origin

Old English cīdan, of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with chide

abide, applied, aside, astride, backslide, beside, bestride, betide, bide, bride, Clyde, cockeyed, coincide, collide, confide, cried, decide, divide, dried, elide, five-a-side, glide, guide, hide, hollow-eyed, I'd, implied, lied, misguide, nationwide, nide, offside, onside, outride, outside, pan-fried, pied, pie-eyed, pitch-side, popeyed, pride, provide, ride, Said, shied, side, slide, sloe-eyed, snide, square-eyed, starry-eyed, statewide, Strathclyde, stride, subdivide, subside, tide, tried, undyed, wall-eyed, wide, worldwide

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