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Syllabification: scold
Pronunciation: /skōld

Definition of scold in English:


[with object]
Remonstrate with or rebuke (someone) angrily: Mom took Anna away, scolding her for her bad behavior
More example sentences
  • 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.
rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove, admonish, remonstrate with, chastise, chide, upbraid, berate, take to task, read someone the riot act, give someone a piece of one's mind, rake/haul someone over the coals, vituperate, revile
informal tell off, dress down, give someone an earful, rap over the knuckles, let someone have it, bawl out, give someone hell, give someone what for, chew out, ream (out), light into
formal castigate
informal talking-to, rap over the knuckles, dressing-down, earful, roasting
formal castigation


archaic or US Back to top  
A woman who nags or grumbles constantly.
Example sentences
  • 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.
nag, shrew, fishwife, harpy, termagant, harridan;
informal kvetch


Middle English (as a noun): probably from Old Norse skáld 'skald'.



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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