Definition of scold in English:


Syllabification: scold
Pronunciation: /skōld


[with object]


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  • A woman who nags or grumbles constantly.
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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.
    nag, shrew, fishwife, harpy, termagant, harridan; complainer, moaner, grumbler
    informal kvetch



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  • 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.


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

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