noun someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault
nagger; common scold; nag; scolder.
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
verb show one's unhappiness or critical attitude
- He scolded about anything that he thought was wrong
- We grumbled about the increased work load
Scold intransitive verb
Akin to D. schelden
, G. schelten
, OHG. sceltan
, Dan. skielde
imperfect & past participle Scolded; present participle & verbal noun Scolding
- 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.
Scold transitive verb
- To chide with rudeness and clamor; to rate; also, to rebuke or reprove with severity.
- One who scolds, or makes a practice of scolding; esp., a rude, clamorous woman; a shrew.
She is an irksome, brawling scold.
- A scolding; a brawl.
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