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.
Words that rhyme with scoldbehold, bold, cold, enfold, fold, foretold, gold, hold, mould (US mold), old, outsold, self-controlled, sold, told, uncontrolled, undersold, unpolled, uphold, withhold, wold
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