Scold definition

skōld
To find fault angrily.
verb
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To find fault with angrily; rebuke or chide severely.
verb
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To use abusive language habitually.
verb
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A person, esp. a woman, who habitually uses abusive language.
noun
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One who persistently nags or criticizes.
noun
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(obsolete) A person fond of abusive language, in particular a troublesome and angry woman.
noun
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To express harsh or angry disapproval to someone.
verb
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To rebuke.
verb
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To scold is to criticize, chastise or rebuke someone for something.

An example of scold is a parent who is chastising her child for behaving badly.

verb
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To reprimand or criticize harshly and usually angrily.
verb
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
scold
Plural:
scolds

Origin of scold

  • Middle English scolden to be abusive from scolde an abusive person probably of Scandinavian origin sekw-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old Norse skald "poet". English since the 12th century.

    From Wiktionary