Definition of scold in English:
Remonstrate with or rebuke (someone) angrily: Mum took Anna away, scolding her for her bad behaviour
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- 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, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, go on at, haul over the coals, criticize, censure
informal tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, let someone have it, send someone away with a flea in their ear, bawl out, give someone hell, come down on, blow up, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, put on the mat, slap down, blast, rag, keelhaul
British informal tick off, have a go at, carpet, monster, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, give someone some stick, wig, give someone a wigging, give someone a row, row
rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reproof, admonishment, admonition, reproval, remonstration, lecture, upbraiding, castigation, lambasting, criticism, censure
informal telling-off, rap, rap over the knuckles, dressing-down, earful, roasting, bawling-out, caning, blast, row
British vulgar slang bollocking
nounarchaic or US Back to top
A woman who nags or grumbles constantly: she was a scold—whenever she was near him he felt in the wrong
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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'.
- 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.