Definition of scold in English:

scold

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Remonstrate with or rebuke (someone) angrily.

    ‘Mum took Anna away, scolding her for her bad behaviour’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During Geometry classes they talked non-stop and were scolded by the teacher from time to time about their excessive talking.’
    • ‘"I don't know why you've gone and told me all this, " the woman scolded angrily.’
    • ‘I scold him just before he brings the lighter to the tip.’
    • ‘"Yeah, pretty boy, I got that, " she lightly scolded.’
    • ‘With his hands on his hips, he looked like a mother scolding a child.’
    • ‘"Oh shush, " his mother scolded him before pointing at his food.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is scolding his daughter for not turning up to school.’
    • ‘Likewise, if one scolds a person too much, then he can't handle things well as expected.’
    • ‘My father scolded me and instead told Holly to just take her time deciding.’
    • ‘Children are rarely scolded, though rowdiness is sometimes criticized.’
    • ‘I remember two years ago when I was scolded by three teachers in school.’
    • ‘The cow, forgetting about me for the moment, turned, purple with fury, to scold the person in question.’
    • ‘"Friends, not cronies, " her mom scolded lightly.’
    • ‘His wife was shaking a customer's hand and laughing graciously, before gently scolding the children.’
    • ‘I was surprised not to hear my mother's voice scolding the maid.’
    • ‘"Leave her alone, Georgina, " my father had scolded my mother.’
    • ‘I silently scolded Leah for being so careless and went to turn it off.’
    rebuke, 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, censure
    rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reproof, admonishment, admonition, reproval, remonstration, lecture, upbraiding, castigation, lambasting, criticism, censure
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noun

US
archaic
  • A woman who nags or grumbles constantly.

    ‘she was a scold—whenever she was near him he felt in the wrong’
    • ‘These scolds may defy common sense, but they're still worthy of attention because they represent the consensus among the profession's elite.’
    • ‘Yet people short on money often neglect the advice of the professional scolds and instead turn to the damnable moneylenders.’
    • ‘It may not be as bad as some lifestyle scolds make it out to be.’
    • ‘The Taming of the Shrew recalls a tradition of stories about scolds.’
    • ‘Surely, they must be the most uncomfortable garment ever invented, this side of a scold's bridle.’
    nag, nagger, shrew, fishwife, harpy, termagant, harridan
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Origin

Middle English (as a noun): probably from Old Norse skáld ‘skald’.

Pronunciation

scold

/skəʊld/