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

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When repeated scoldings, timeouts and conversations failed, a quick spanking immediately eliminated the dangerous behavior. Dr. Britten Cole,, "Dr. Britten Cole's Blog: Why I Have Used Spanking to Discipline My Children in the Past," 29 Aug. 2019 Some members of his caucus probably worry about the optics of eliminating it, which would surely open Democrats to a few days of scolding from Morning Joe and the Sunday talk shows. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Chuck Schumer Is Secretly Sabotaging the Next Democratic President," 28 June 2018 Then there’s Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, who in the eyes of some scolding observers can do no right. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "The Royal Family Gets Drawn Deeper Into the Brexit Maelstrom," 14 Aug. 2019 Deviations were noted, and scoldings were delivered in follow-up emails. David Segal, New York Times, "Can Britain’s Top Bookseller Save Barnes & Noble?," 8 Aug. 2019 The Saudis see their conflict with Iran as an existential struggle and will not give it up merely because of a scolding from Washington. Mike Watson, National Review, "Why the Middle East Policies Favored by Sanders and Warren Would Be Counterproductive," 30 July 2019 Taking advantage of such a moment to attack is still considered bad form, and can result in a scolding on wheels. Michael Powell, New York Times, "At Tour de France, Rules of the Road Are Often Unspoken," 25 July 2019 Preckwinkle’s scolding letter to Lightfoot came just days ahead of what’s expected to be one of the hottest weekends of the year, which in Chicago often has coincided with an uptick in gun violence. Lisa Donovan,, "The Spin: Home of Madigan confidant raided, plus Lightfoot tries to slam door on Preckwinkle criticism, keeps open mind about downtown Chicago casino," 19 July 2019 Lately, the scold has been ascendant, and some tech companies deserve a scolding and worse. Owen Thomas,, "Tech is good. Tech is bad. Should it make us mad — or glad?," 3 July 2019

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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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