scold·​ing ˈskōl-diŋ How to pronounce scolding (audio)
: the action of one who scolds
: 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 With Israelis in a grueling fight against a dangerous terrorist enemy, Vice President Kamala Harris was dispatched to Dubai to deliver a scolding of our close ally for the benefit of Arab leaders. The Editors, National Review, 5 Dec. 2023 The United States has long shielded Israel from censure at the United Nations, but the recent precedent of its scolding of Russia in the same forum makes the current moment more conspicuous. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2023 There’s a trollish, deadpan, sorry-not-sorry quality in their responses to the inevitable scolding. Michael Friedrich, New York Times, 18 Oct. 2023 But one night after the scolding, Sanchez was at Ibiza Lounge, a licensed establishment on Summer Street, when police showed up at the club after noticing patrons leaving well past the 2 a.m. closing time. Brian Amaral,, 25 July 2023 Can’t take any more of those social media scoldings from Kyrie. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 5 June 2023 Ghosh was not just issuing a scolding. Aaron Matz, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2022 The Republican governor welcomed the Democratic president to Texas with a handshake and a scolding letter. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Jan. 2023 A day after that post appeared, the messengers received another scolding from Brad Johnson, Romm's blogging colleague at the Center for American Progress. Keith Kloor, Discover Magazine, 3 Dec. 2010 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of scolding was in 1547

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Cite this Entry

“Scolding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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