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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Don't scold him for doing badly at school, he's doing his best.
▪ I dreaded the thought of going home and being scolded by my father.
▪ Our parents were strict and we were frequently scolded for our bad behaviour.
▪ But the first lady of this portrait can also be a scold, stand-offish and sanctimonious.
▪ He scolds me for leaving the flat.
▪ He hated everything that was happening at first, scolded her, as if it were her fault.
▪ Her voice was stern, just short of scolding.
▪ I scolded myself for repeatedly thinking of them.
▪ The adverts scold us and cajole us and wheedle us and fawn us to keep up with the Joneses.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Scold \Scold\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Scolded; p. pr. & vb. n. Scolding.] [Akin to D. schelden, G. schelten, OHG. sceltan, Dan. skielde.] To find fault or rail with rude clamor; to brawl; to utter harsh, rude, boisterous rebuke; to chide sharply or coarsely; -- often with at; as, to scold at a servant.

Pardon me, lords, 't is the first time ever I was forced to scold.


Scold \Scold\, n.

  1. One who scolds, or makes a practice of scolding; esp., a rude, clamorous woman; a shrew.

    She is an irksome, brawling scold.

  2. A scolding; a brawl.


Scold \Scold\, v. t. To chide with rudeness and clamor; to rate; also, to rebuke or reprove with severity.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-12c., "person of ribald speech," later "person fond of abusive language" (c.1300), especially a shrewish woman [Johnson defines it as "A clamourous, rude, mean, low, foul-mouthed woman"], from Old Norse skald "poet" (see skald). The sense evolution might reflect the fact that Germanic poets (like their Celtic counterparts) were famously feared for their ability to lampoon and mock (as in skaldskapr "poetry," also, in Icelandic law books, "libel in verse").


late 14c., "be abusive or quarrelsome," from scold (n.). Related: Scolded; scolding.\n


n. (context obsolete English) A person fond of abusive language, in particular a troublesome and angry woman. vb. To rebuke.

  1. n. someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault [syn: scolder, nag, nagger, common scold]

  2. v. censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup" [syn: call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast]

  3. show one's unhappiness or critical attitude; "He scolded about anything that he thought was wrong"; "We grumbled about the increased work load" [syn: grouch, grumble]


Usage examples of "scold".

By right, as an old friend who had found the airman in the forest, Seryonka was walking solemnly in front of the stretcher, laboriously pulling his feet, encased in the huge felt boots left him by his father, out of the snow and sternly scolding the other white-toothed, grimy-faced, fantastically ragged boys.

Libby Ames took the time to give herself a silent scold and a mental shake.

I had to make up my mind to return to my inn, but the Binetti was so enraged that she began to scold her lover, at which he laughed, saying, with perfect truth, that he could not keep me there in defiance of the prince.

I was in a terrible rage, and called Clairmont and began to scold him, but he said that the lamps were all right a short while ago, and that the man must have put them out of order that he might have the task of repairing them.

One day, when he was so drunk as to be unable to attend on me, I began to scold him, and threatened him with the stick if he did not mend his ways.

The good people kindly scolded her, begged my forgiveness in her favour, and Lucie left the room to attend to her other duties.

Sara begged us not to say a word about it to her papa or mamma, as they would be sure to scold her as they had scolded her when she got her ears pierced without asking their leave.

She longed to bury her face and hands in their fur, feel their raspy tongues on her cheeks and fingersor flippers as the case might behear their thundering purrs or even their disdainful scolding.

The fortunate governor presented himself, and the monarch, after honouring him with the title of blockhead, proceeded to scold him roundly.

Laura could almost hear Grandpa Busby scolding her for eating such garbage for breakfast.

Before long Baret came down and scolded the poor girl for not having told him of my presence.

It was his wit and mirth which kept the conversation going, and the countess came in for a share of his pleasantries, while she scolded him for his familiarity.

Her father and mother who had just dined came in to bid us good-day, and Irene proudly gave her father twelve Louis telling him to scold her a little less in future.

Then came the oyster-game, and I scolded Armelline for having swallowed the liquid as I was taking the oyster from her lips.

Here and there a chuckwalla darted across the trail or a rock squirrel sat on his haunches and scolded as we passed.