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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But she was just being over-imaginative, she chided herself.
▪ Don't be ridiculous! she chided herself.
▪ Eager and energetic, he never chided the players for their mistakes.
▪ It is that tender, chiding, mutual affection which makes these beautifully translated letters between them so agreeable to read.
▪ Litchfield chided as he stared up at him.
▪ She should have brought a wine jug from the hall, she chided herself as her breathing steadied.
▪ She wasn't normally afraid of thunderstorms, she chided herself crossly, as alarm pulsed through her body.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Chide \Chide\, v. i.

  1. To utter words of disapprobation and displeasure; to find fault; to contend angrily.

    Wherefore the people did chide with Moses.
    --Ex. xvii.

  2. 2. To make a clamorous noise; to chafe.

    As doth a rock againts the chiding flood.


Chide \Chide\, n. [AS. c[=i]d] A continuous noise or murmur.

The chide of streams.


Chide \Chide\ (ch[imac]d), v. t. [imp. Chid (ch[i^]d), or Chode (ch[imac]d Obs.); p. p. Chidden, Chid; p. pr. & vb. n. Chiding.] [AS. c[=i]dan; of unknown origin.]

  1. To rebuke; to reprove; to scold; to find fault with.

    Upbraided, chid, and rated at.

  2. Fig.: To be noisy about; to chafe against.

    The sea that chides the banks of England.

    To chide hither, To chide from, or To chide away, to cause to come, or to drive away, by scolding or reproof.

    Syn: To blame; rebuke; reprove; scold; censure; reproach; reprehend; reprimand.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


vb. (context transitive English) To admonish in blame; to reproach angrily.

  1. v. censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup" [syn: call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast]

  2. [also: chidden, chid]

Usage examples of "chide".

For if so be it doth not, then may ye all abide at home, and eat of my meat, and drink of my cup, but little chided either for sloth or misdoing, even as it hath been aforetime.

Garden of Forty Felicitous Fragrances, Fainting Maid was insulting the intelligence of her ladies-in-waiting in the Gallery of Precious Peacocks, and the Ancestress was chiding a servant who had dropped a cup on the Terrace of Sixty Serenities.

He began to chide his daughter for troubling me with her presence when I had such fair company already, but Marcoline hastened to say that Irene could only have given me pleasure, for in my capacity of her uncle I was always glad when she was able to enjoy the society of a sweet young girl.

For all that, Marvell has excelled himself with his verse though I have chid him for some ugly rhyming and the childlike brickbats it does cast against the art of painting.

True, she had chided her budder again and again for continuing to treat her like a budling when she believed she was grown-up enough to think for herself.

She had got up without waking me, but as soon as she heard me stirring she came, and I tenderly chid her for not waiting for me to give her good morrow.

Father Cesare chided as his pudgy hand pushed his trencher a little closer to Kieran.

The sea-deserted sand--like children chidden, At her command they ever came and went-- Since in that cave a dewy splendour hidden Took shape and motion: with the living form Of this embodied Power, the cave grew warm.

Shide aft to the relieving tackles--I had an idea the wheel might go--and put Chidden on the twelve-pounder on the bridge.

Helen Burns asked some slight question about her work of Miss Smith, was chidden for the triviality of the inquiry, returned to her place, and smiled at me as she again went by.

Saturday and Saturday night came and passed, and Alfred Stevens did not appear, a lurking dread that would not be chidden or kept down, continued to rise within her soul, which, without assuming any real form or decisive speech, was yet suggestive of complete overthrow and ruin.

Bakkat had chided him none too gently about the musket shot that had brought down the eland and had led Xhia to them.

Then Sarah silently chided herself, wondering what her father would say if he knew of her embryonic emancipist feelings.

Okoye chided Evermore when the four wranglers retired to their common room.

He did not look at either Omyela or Farad, but saw out of the corner of his eye that both took the chiding to heart.