scold·​ing | \ ˈskōl-diŋ How to pronounce scolding (audio) \

Definition of scolding

1 : the action of one who scolds
2 : a harsh reproof gave the child a sharp scolding for running into the road

Examples of scolding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At this point, McCarthy's scolding of Greene is pointless. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 1 Mar. 2022 After a proper scolding, the worker finds a strange videotape in the back alley, takes it home, and discovers an Eighties-style exercise tape. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 5 Apr. 2022 Wednesday marked just their second practice together, but as evidenced by Haliburton's lighthearted scolding of Brogdon, the two are quickly building a rapport. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Feb. 2022 Donald earlier had gathered the defense together for a combination scolding and pep talk. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2022 Enough to trigger another scolding from the energy-conscious electronic nanny. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 31 Jan. 2022 However, the scolding fails to take priority because the thing Marvin is actually there to talk about is the fact that, uh, Reddington's entire criminal operation is under siege. Jodi Walker,, 21 Jan. 2022 But scolding has already been shown to have severe limits -- and the unvaccinated are particularly disinclined to trust the word of Biden or his team. Rick Klein, ABC News, 21 Dec. 2021 Indeed, the worst of the scolding was because Binger broached matters that should not have been mentioned in the jury’s presence, so the jury was sent out of the room for the better part of the woodshed sessions. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of scolding

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of scolding was in 1547

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27 Apr 2022

Cite this Entry

“Scolding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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