from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To scold mildly so as to correct or improve; reprimand: chided the boy for his sloppiness.
  • intransitive v. To express disapproval.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to loudly admonish in blame; to angrily reproach

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A continuous noise or murmur.
  • intransitive v. To utter words of disapprobation and displeasure; to find fault; to contend angrily.
  • intransitive v. To make a clamorous noise; to chafe.
  • transitive v. To rebuke; to reprove; to scold; to find fault with.
  • transitive v. Fig.: To be noisy about; to chafe against.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To reprove; rebuke; reprimand; find fault with; blame; scold: as, to chide one for his faults; to chide one for his delay.
  • To find fault about; blame; reproach: applied to things: as, to chide one's own folly.
  • To strike by way of punishment or admonition.
  • To drive or impel by chiding.
  • Figuratively, to fret; chafe.
  • Synonyms To blame, censure, reproach, upbraid, reprimand.
  • To scold; find fault; contend in words of anger; wrangle; grumble; clamor.
  • Figuratively, to make a clamorous or murmuring noise.
  • To bay, as hounds in full cry.
  • n. A reproof; a rebuke.
  • n. A murmuring, complaining, or brawling sound.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. censure severely or angrily


Middle English chiden, from Old English cīdan, from cīd, strife, contention.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English childen ("to chide, rebuke, disapprove, criticize; complain, grumble, dispute; argue, debate, dispute, quarrel"), from Old English ċīdan ("to chide, reprove, rebuke; blame, contend, strive, quarrel, complain") (Wiktionary)



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