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Remonstrate with or rebuke (someone) angrily:‘Mum took Anna away, scolding her for her bad behaviour’
rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reproof, admonishment, admonition, reproval, remonstration, lecture, upbraiding, castigation, lambasting, criticism, censuretelling-off, rap, rap over the knuckles, dressing-down, earful, roasting, bawling-out, caning, blast, rowticking off, carpeting, rollicking, wiggingrebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, admonish, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the riot act, give someone a piece of one's mind, go on at, haul over the coals, criticize, censuretell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, let someone have it, send someone away with a flea in their ear, bawl out, give someone hell, come down on, blow up, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, put on the mat, slap down, blast, rag, keelhaultick off, have a go at, carpet, monster, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, give someone some stick, wig, give someone a wigging, give someone a row, rowchew out, ream out, take to the woodshedbollock, give someone a bollockingbollockingratingchew someone's ass, ream someone's asscall down, rate, give someone a rating, trimreprehend, objurgateView synonyms
- ‘I scold him just before he brings the lighter to the tip.’
- ‘I was surprised not to hear my mother's voice scolding the maid.’
- ‘He is scolding his daughter for not turning up to school.’
- ‘"Oh shush, " his mother scolded him before pointing at his food.’
- ‘My mother was usually present too, and I remember her soft voice always gently reprimanding me for being too rough, or quietly scolding my sister for complaining too much.’
- ‘I mentally scolded myself for being so foolish, for getting so carried away.’
- ‘My daughter will scold me if I swear in front of her though, so she's keeping me in line.’
- ‘I silently scolded Leah for being so careless and went to turn it off.’
- ‘Likewise, if one scolds a person too much, then he can't handle things well as expected.’
- ‘I remember two years ago when I was scolded by three teachers in school.’
- ‘During Geometry classes they talked non-stop and were scolded by the teacher from time to time about their excessive talking.’
- ‘Children are rarely scolded, though rowdiness is sometimes criticized.’
- ‘His wife was shaking a customer's hand and laughing graciously, before gently scolding the children.’
- ‘"I don't know why you've gone and told me all this, " the woman scolded angrily.’
- ‘The cow, forgetting about me for the moment, turned, purple with fury, to scold the person in question.’
- ‘"Leave her alone, Georgina, " my father had scolded my mother.’
- ‘"Friends, not cronies, " her mom scolded lightly.’
- ‘With his hands on his hips, he looked like a mother scolding a child.’
- ‘My father scolded me and instead told Holly to just take her time deciding.’
- ‘"Yeah, pretty boy, I got that, " she lightly scolded.’
A woman who nags or grumbles constantly:‘she was a scold—whenever she was near him he felt in the wrong’
nag, nagger, shrew, fishwife, harpy, termagant, harridancomplainer, moaner, grumbler, fault-finder, carperkvetchtargexanthippeView synonyms
- ‘The Taming of the Shrew recalls a tradition of stories about scolds.’
- ‘These scolds may defy common sense, but they're still worthy of attention because they represent the consensus among the profession's elite.’
- ‘It may not be as bad as some lifestyle scolds make it out to be.’
- ‘Yet people short on money often neglect the advice of the professional scolds and instead turn to the damnable moneylenders.’
- ‘Surely, they must be the most uncomfortable garment ever invented, this side of a scold's bridle.’
Middle English (as a noun): probably from Old Norse skáld skald.
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