scold

noun
\ˈskōld \

Definition of scold 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

scold

verb
scolded; scolding; scolds

Definition of scold (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 obsolete : to quarrel noisily

2 : to find fault noisily or angrily

transitive verb

: to censure severely or angrily : rebuke

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Verb

scolder noun

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Verb

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

Examples of scold in a Sentence

Noun

He can be a bit of a scold sometimes.

Verb

“You should never have done that,” she scolded. he scolded the kids for not cleaning up the mess they had made in the kitchen
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sotomayor compared Trump's policy to the internment of Japanese Americans that was upheld by the Supreme Court during World War II, an assertion that drew a scold from Roberts, but which resonated with Carson and Ellison. Richard Wolf, Indianapolis Star, "Supreme Court ruling on Donald Trump's travel ban a 'shameful sanctioning of discrimination,' Andre Carson says," 26 June 2018 Out on the course, a pair of Eastern kingbirds pugnaciously defended territory against all comers, all the while giving their characteristic tinkling scold. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Chasing rarities can be fun, but enjoy the common species, too," 6 June 2018 Considering how often progressives are portrayed as joyless scolds, this is a message that needs to get out more. Katha Pollitt, New York Times, "A Professional Troublemaker’s Guide for Young Activists," 25 Apr. 2018 On Wednesday, in drafty Fire Station No. 4, facing dozens of Boiseans worried about growth at the city’s first town hall meeting in recent memory, Bieter was a scold. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Mayor Bieter to Boise: We can't 'mobilize' at borders, keep growth out | Idaho Statesman," 12 Apr. 2018 During one experiment, Erez had an actress scold neonatal intensive care (NICU) physicians and nurses before a simulated procedure. Ashley Merryman, Washington Post, "President Trump’s worst behaviors can infect us all just like the flu, according to science.," 29 Mar. 2018 Belichick is Darth Vader in a hoodie, a humorless scold with a death stare more powerful than the First Order’s Starkiller Base planet destroyer. Tricia Romano, Longreads, "Why We Love to Hate Tom Brady," 31 Jan. 2018 At which point her little sister — ever the explainer, ever the scold — declared that in captivity, the dolphins’ signals bounce crazily off the walls; their capacity for echolocation drives them mad. Kerry Howley, Daily Intelligencer, "‘The World’s Biggest Terrorist Has a Pikachu Bedspread’," 22 Dec. 2017 Not too long ago academic and media scolds were dismissing U.S. drug research as providing little more than marginal gains. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Hopeful News of the Week," 31 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Obama chides Biden for being out of shape and for getting Jill a bouquet of lilies instead of roses, noting that lilies are for sympathy, and scolds him over his messy car. Alexandra Alter, New York Times, "The Obama-Biden Bromance Continues. This Time in a Mystery Novel.," 12 July 2018 Trump scolded leaders here and criticized some countries, including Germany and Spain, for failing to contribute more to their defenses and for relying too heavily on the largesse of the United States. Author: Michael Birnbaum, Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump demands immediate spending increases by NATO nations or he will ‘do his own thing’," 12 July 2018 Flushing, for newcomers, is full of face-losing opportunities: They are constantly scolded — for jumping off a city bus before their stop, tipping too little, wearing the wrong shoes to driving class and lacking a credit history. Leslie T. Chang, New York Times, "Hustling in Flushing: A Chinese Immigrant Couple Struggles to Decode Life in Queens," 1 June 2018 The report also scolds the surveillance of former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, an incident which has become a mainstay for the Republican majority of the committee, chaired by California Republican Devin Nunes. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "The House Intel Committee's Russia Report Doesn't Let Trump Off the Hook," 27 Apr. 2018 The breathless caretaker scolded her, but Crocker’s imagination burned. Kate Siber, Outside Online, "The Bohemian Heiress Who Shattered 19th-Century Taboos," 24 Apr. 2018 Such was the case Friday morning, when the president scolded the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for inflating oil prices: Looks like OPEC is at it again. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Oil Falls After Trump Scolds OPEC for Raising Prices," 20 Apr. 2018 The ex-recruit was especially bothered when a field training officer scolded them in front of members of the public, including in front of a man the then-recruit had just helped arrest. Emily Lane, NOLA.com, "Why New Orleans still doesn't have enough police officers," 6 Apr. 2018 Harley's move triggered a slew of angry tweets from Trump, who scolded the company, revered by many for its American heritage, for shifting production overseas. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harley-Davidson motorcycles are classic Americana made with foreign-sourced parts," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of scold

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for scold

Noun

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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

scold

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scold (Entry 2 of 2)

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

scold

verb
\ˈskōld \
scolded; scolding

Kids Definition of scold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Other Words from scold

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scold

noun

Kids Definition of scold (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who frequently criticizes and blames

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