AskDefine | Define chide

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chide 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] [also: chidden, chid]

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ċīdan, of uncertain origin.


  • /tʃaɪd/
  • Rhymes with: -aɪd


  1. to loudly admonish in blame; to angrily reproach
    1591 And yet I was last chidden for being too slow. — Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act 2, Scene 1.
    1598 If the scorn of your bright eyne
    Have power to raise such love in mine,
    Alack, in me what strange effect
    Would they work in mild aspect?
    Whiles you chid me, I did love — Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act 4 Scene 2.
    1611 And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, What is my trespass? what is my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me? — Genesis 31:36 KJV.


loudly admonish

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

admonish, berate, bring to book, call down, call to account, chastise, correct, have words with, lecture, lesson, objurgate, rate, rebuke, reprehend, reprimand, reproach, reprove, scold, set down, set straight, spank, straighten out, take down, take to task, tick off, upbraid
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