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scold

noun \ ˈskōld \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of scold

1 a : one who scolds habitually or persistently
b dated, now sometimes offensive : a woman who disturbs the public peace by noisy and quarrelsome or abusive behavior
2 : scolding

Examples of scold in a Sentence

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

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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


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scold

verb

Definition of scold

intransitive verb
1 obsolete : to quarrel noisily
2 : to find fault noisily or angrily
transitive verb
: 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

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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

SCOLD Defined for English Language Learners

scold

noun

Definition of scold for English Language Learners

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


scold

verb

Definition of scold for English Language Learners

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


SCOLD Defined for Kids

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scold

verb \ ˈskōld \

Definition of scold for Students

scolded; scolding
: 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

noun

Definition of scold for Students

: a person who frequently criticizes and blames


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