Definition of scold in English:
- My daughter will scold me if I swear in front of her though, so she's keeping me in line.
- Likewise, if one scolds a person too much, then he can't handle things well as expected.
- He is scolding his daughter for not turning up to school.
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- 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.
Middle English (as a noun): probably from Old Norse skáld 'skald'.
This is probably from Old Norse skáld ‘poet’; there may have been an intermediate sense ‘lampooner’. In early use in English the word often referred to a woman using ribald language; and the verb had gained the sense ‘chide’ by the early 18th century.
- Example sentences
- I'm glad my brakes were up to the job because the world would be a drearier place without this scary perfectionist, scolder of spotty kitchen subalterns, relentless spawner of children and all-round media whore.
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