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scold

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noun \ˈskōld\

Simple Definition of scold

  • : a person who often criticizes other people in an angry way : someone who scolds other people too often

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scold

  1. 1a :  one who scolds habitually or persistentlyb :  a woman who disturbs the public peace by noisy and quarrelsome or abusive behavior

  2. 2 :  scolding

Examples of scold in a sentence

  1. He can be a bit of a scold sometimes.



Origin and Etymology of scold

Middle English scald, scold, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skāld poet, skald, Icelandic skālda to make scurrilous verse


First Known Use: 12th century


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scold

verb

Simple Definition of scold

  • : to speak in an angry or critical way to (someone who has done something wrong)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of scold

  • intransitive verb
    1. 1 obsolete :  to quarrel noisily

    2. 2 :  to find fault noisily or angrily

    3. transitive verb
    4. :  to censure severely or angrily :  rebuke

    scolder

    noun

    Examples of scold in a sentence

    1. You should never have done that, she scolded.

    2. <he scolded the kids for not cleaning up the mess they had made in the kitchen>



    14th Century

    First Known Use of scold

    14th century

    Synonym Discussion of scold

    scold, upbraid, berate, rail, revile, vituperate mean to reproach angrily and abusively. scold implies rebuking in irritation or ill temper justly or unjustly <angrily scolding the children>. upbraid implies censuring on definite and usually justifiable grounds <upbraided her assistants for poor research>. berate suggests prolonged and often abusive scolding <berated continually by an overbearing boss>. rail (at or against) stresses an unrestrained berating <railed loudly at their insolence>. revile implies a scurrilous, abusive attack prompted by anger or hatred <an alleged killer reviled in the press>. vituperate suggests a violent reviling <was vituperated for betraying his friends>.

    Rhymes with scold


    SCOLD Defined for Kids

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    scold

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    verb \ˈskōld\

    Definition of scold for Students

    scolded

    scolding

    1. :  to find fault with or criticize in an angry way <Claudia … scolded him about the need to eat properly. — E. L. Konigsburg, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler>

    scolding

    noun



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    scold

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    noun

    Definition of scold for Students

    1. :  a person who frequently criticizes and blames





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