scold

verb
scolded; scolding; scolds

Definition of scold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to censure usually severely or angrily : rebuke

intransitive verb

1 : to find fault noisily or angrily
2 obsolete : to quarrel noisily

scold

noun
\ ˈskōld How to pronounce scold (audio) \

Definition of scold (Entry 2 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

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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

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 Noun He can be a bit of a scold sometimes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For years, Miguel Santana has been a gently scolding figure on homeless issues at L.A. City Hall. Los Angeles Times, "He kept watch over L.A.’s $1.2-billion homeless housing bond. Now he is stepping down," 21 Aug. 2019 At Lowood, the charity school where children are starved and scolded into submission, Jane meets saintly Helen Burns (Anabel Katsnelson), who teaches her to smooth her arms into elegant balletic arcs. Constance Grady, Vox, "Jane Eyre is a startlingly modern heroine. A new ballet shows why.," 27 June 2019 Advocates for low-income residents alternatively begged and scolded city officials, saying repealing towing practices would stop people from sliding into homelessness. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "Towing a car can be financially ruinous. Should California cities do it anyway?," 12 June 2019 Some Conservatives rose to Mr. Johnson’s defense, but others scolded him for trying to cut off debate on Brexit by curtailing the number of days Parliament could legislate before the deadline. Mark Landler, New York Times, "Brexit’s ‘Doomsday Politics’ Mean Voters May Be Last Chance to Resolve Crisis," 4 Sep. 2019 Weinstein mostly kept quiet during a brief appearance in a Manhattan courtroom aside from some exchanges with Judge James Burke, who at one point scolded him for pulling out his cell phone during the proceeding. Tom Hays, The Denver Post, "Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to new indictment, trial delayed," 26 Aug. 2019 But today, Smokey needs to do more than point an index finger and scold the public. Sarah Berns, Outside Online, "Why Smokey Bear Desperately Needs a Makeover," 24 Aug. 2019 When the state claims a mother isn't complying with DCS' order to take her children to receive services, Mullins weighs the allegation and in an uncharacteristically contentious moment scolds the state's lawyer and DCS for not providing proof. Mary Jo Pitzl, azcentral, "These courts must protect kids' privacy. They also must be public. Can it be done?," 31 July 2019 Similarly, when Harry and Meghan wished Prince George a happy birthday the following month, critics scolded the couple for not using the 6-year-old’s proper name and title. K.j. Yossman, Marie Claire, "Inside the Cutthroat World of Royal Gossips," 5 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Schulz soon began fleshing out his cast with more eccentric, more specific, more driven characters: Schroeder, piano prodigy and Beethoven superfan; Lucy, vain fussbudget and perpetually aggrieved scold; Linus, thumb-sucking philosopher. Bruce Handy, The Atlantic, "The Peanuts Characters Aren’t Ordinary Kids," 29 Aug. 2019 Lately, the scold has been ascendant, and some tech companies deserve a scolding and worse. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Tech is good. Tech is bad. Should it make us mad — or glad?," 3 July 2019 Who better to tackle this subject than history scold Phil Goodstein? Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post, "Regional books: “Denver School Book,” “Aloha Rodeo” and more," 13 June 2019 But analysts aren’t convinced that the United States will do much more than scold. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Will Sudan’s military crush hope for democracy?," 5 June 2019 The sclerotic leadership of the Democratic Party and the ponderous scolds at the New York Times speak to the fierce urgency of someday, maybe. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Where Our New World Begins," 10 May 2019 The letter, which is twice as long as the press release, is a masterpiece of pure scold. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Yale Law," 15 July 2018 Pollan’s literary persona has a rare, almost Thoreauvian affect: the lovable scold. Tom Bissell, New York Times, "Michael Pollan Drops Acid — and Comes Back From His Trip Convinced," 4 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of scold

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

Noun

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

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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The first known use of scold was in the 12th century

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scold

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

scold

noun
How to pronounce scold (audio)

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

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

scold

verb
\ ˈskōld How to pronounce scold (audio) \
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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