scold

noun
\ ˈskōld How to pronounce scold (audio) \

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 usually 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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Stephens, in an email, scolded Karpf for his comment and copied the provost at the professor's university. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "'Tough guy!': Trump mocks NYT columnist Bret Stephens for bedbug reaction," 28 Aug. 2019 Some angry young kids shouted at them to leave, and an elderly man from the neighborhood, a local grocer, stepped between the boys and the Biharis and scolded the kids for shouting at them. Time, "The Indian Government Insists All Is Well in Kashmir. But As the Communications Shutdown Continues, Its Citizens Are Struggling to Reach the Outside World," 23 Aug. 2019 Northam, a Democrat, also took the chance to scold Republican lawmakers for failing to enact gun-control legislation. Washington Post, "Gov. Northam touts Virginia economy but says downturn could be looming," 20 Aug. 2019 It was surprisingly ended by Jess of all people, who scolded the mothers for risking ruining the legacy left behind by JoJo and her fellow team mates. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Watch 'Dance Moms' Stars Elliana Walmsley and Lilly Ketchman Recreate Jojo Siwa’s Solos," 27 July 2019 The Wall Street Journal’s story on sick-shaming—in which healthy colleagues scold their sick peers for showing up to work—inspired hundreds of reader emails, comments and posts on social media. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "Can You Really Take That Sick Day? Readers React to Office Sick-Shaming," 30 Jan. 2019 After a long day’s work, Shion returns home just in time to scold Yuudai for not washing his dinner dishes. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "You Need an Emotional Support System to Watch This Episode of Terrace House," 17 Apr. 2018 That person was scolded by yet another armchair pundit—perhaps unfairly, because Boston actually makes a similar point describing her life for the past 10 years. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Lessons from a young professional who just finished repaying $222,817.26 of student loans," 22 Aug. 2019 After a year of work, the committee scolded the school board for ignoring its recommendations. Sarah Schweitzer, The Atlantic, "The Lunch Ladies of New Canaan," 15 Aug. 2019

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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 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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