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From Middle English upbreyden, from Old English upbreġdan, 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.
    Synonyms: exprobrate, blame, censure, condemn, reproach; see also Thesaurus:criticize
  2. (transitive, archaic, followed by with or for, and formerly of before the object) To charge with something wrong or disgraceful; to reproach
  3. (obsolete) To treat with contempt.
  4. (obsolete, followed by "to" before the object) To object or urge as a matter of reproach
    Synonym: cast up
    • 1625, Francis [Bacon], “Of Envy”, in The Essayes [], 3rd edition, London: [] Iohn Haviland for Hanna Barret, →OCLC:
      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. (UK dialectal, Northern England, archaic) To vomit; retch.



upbraid (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) The act of reproaching; scorn; disdain.