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From Middle English upbreiden, from Old English ūpbreġdan, equivalent to up- +‎ braid. Compare English umbraid (to upbraid), Icelandic bregða (to draw, brandish, braid, deviate from, change, break off, upbraid). See up, and braid (transitive).


  • IPA(key): /ˌʌpˈbɹeɪd/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪd


upbraid (third-person singular simple present upbraids, present participle upbraiding, simple past and past participle upbraided)

  1. (transitive) To criticize severely.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To charge with something wrong or disgraceful; to reproach; to cast something in the teeth of; – followed by with or for, and formerly of, before the thing imputed.
  3. (obsolete) To treat with contempt.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      There also was that mighty monarch laid, Low under all, yet above all in pride; That name of native fire did foul upbraid, And would, as Ammon's son, be magnify'd.
  4. (obsolete) To object or urge as a matter of reproach; to cast up; – with to before the person.
    • (Can we date this quote by Francis Bacon and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Those that have been bred together, are more apt to envy their equals when raised: for it doth upbraid unto them their own fortunes, and pointeth at them.
  5. (archaic, intransitive) To utter upbraidings.
  6. (Britain dialectal, Northern England) To rise on the stomach; vomit; retch.




upbraid (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) The act of reproaching; contumely.