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’
    • ‘"Oh shush, " his mother scolded him before pointing at his food.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Children are rarely scolded, though rowdiness is sometimes criticized.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His wife was shaking a customer's hand and laughing graciously, before gently scolding the children.’
    • ‘My daughter will scold me if I swear in front of her though, so she's keeping me in line.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I mentally scolded myself for being so foolish, for getting so carried away.’
    • ‘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 scold him just before he brings the lighter to the tip.’
    • ‘"Leave her alone, Georgina, " my father had scolded my mother.’
    • ‘"Yeah, pretty boy, I got that, " she lightly scolded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is scolding his daughter for not turning up to school.’
    • ‘I was surprised not to hear my mother's voice scolding the maid.’
    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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Taming of the Shrew recalls a tradition of stories about scolds.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/skōld//skoʊld/