Definition of scold in US English:

scold

verb

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

    ‘Mom took Anna away, scolding her for her bad behavior’
    • ‘"I don't know why you've gone and told me all this, " the woman scolded angrily.’
    • ‘"Friends, not cronies, " her mom scolded lightly.’
    • ‘With his hands on his hips, he looked like a mother scolding a child.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My father scolded me and instead told Holly to just take her time deciding.’
    • ‘I was surprised not to hear my mother's voice scolding the maid.’
    • ‘"Yeah, pretty boy, I got that, " she lightly scolded.’
    • ‘His wife was shaking a customer's hand and laughing graciously, before gently scolding the children.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘"Leave her alone, Georgina, " my father had scolded my mother.’
    • ‘The cow, forgetting about me for the moment, turned, purple with fury, to scold the person in question.’
    • ‘My daughter will scold me if I swear in front of her though, so she's keeping me in line.’
    • ‘"Oh shush, " his mother scolded him before pointing at his food.’
    • ‘I scold him just before he brings the lighter to the tip.’
    • ‘I mentally scolded myself for being so foolish, for getting so carried away.’
    • ‘He is scolding his daughter for not turning up to school.’
    • ‘Children are rarely scolded, though rowdiness is sometimes criticized.’
    • ‘During Geometry classes they talked non-stop and were scolded by the teacher from time to time about their excessive talking.’
    • ‘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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These scolds may defy common sense, but they're still worthy of attention because they represent the consensus among the profession's elite.’
    • ‘Surely, they must be the most uncomfortable garment ever invented, this side of a scold's bridle.’
    • ‘Yet people short on money often neglect the advice of the professional scolds and instead turn to the damnable moneylenders.’
    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

/skoʊld//skōld/