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scold Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault
    nagger; common scold; nag; scolder.
  2. verb censure severely or angrily
    call on the carpet; rag; dress down; remonstrate; chew out; take to task; call down; jaw; lambast; trounce; chide; berate; chew up; have words; rebuke; reprimand; reproof; lecture; bawl out; lambaste.
    • 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
  3. verb show one's unhappiness or critical attitude
    grouch; grumble.
    • He scolded about anything that he thought was wrong
    • We grumbled about the increased work load
WordNet

Scold intransitive verb
Etymology
Akin to D. schelden, G. schelten, OHG. sceltan, Dan. skielde.
Wordforms
imperfect & past participle Scolded; present participle & verbal noun Scolding
Definitions
  1. To find fault or rail with rude clamor; to brawl; to utter harsh, rude, boisterous rebuke; to chide sharply or coarsely; -- often with at; as, to scold at a servant.
    Pardon me, lords, 't is the first time ever I was forced to scold. Shak.
Scold transitive verb
Definitions
  1. To chide with rudeness and clamor; to rate; also, to rebuke or reprove with severity.
Scold noun
Definitions
  1. One who scolds, or makes a practice of scolding; esp., a rude, clamorous woman; a shrew.
    She is an irksome, brawling scold. Shak.
  2. A scolding; a brawl.

Webster 1913


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