January 29, 2013
- chide (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to express mild disapproval of
- How do you use it?
- "‘Hush now, Matthias, and lie still,' Cornflower chided him." (Brian Jacques, _Redwall_))
- Are you a word wiz?
English speakers have been using "chide" for centuries, but the word's roots go back even further than that. "Chide" comes from the Old English word "cidan." What do you think "cidan" meant?We won't chide you for picking an answer other than C, but "cidan" meant "quarrel." And when "chide" itself was first used its meaning was closer to "quarrel" than to the meaning it usually has today. It originally meant "to speak out in angry or displeased criticism," as in "The children chided with their babysitter all afternoon. Nothing she did pleased them." But to get back to modern times, "chide" in today's English is the word to use when you want another word for "scold," as in "The babysitter chided the children for being so uncooperative."