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common scold

noun
1.
(in early common law) a habitually rude and brawling woman whose conduct was subject to punishment as a public nuisance.
Origin of common scold
1760-1770
First recorded in 1760-70
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  • I could do nothing, though I talked till I was no better than a common scold.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • I have tried not to be a common scold and avoided being vicious when I could.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • Alice Sheltoir, charged with being a common scold—to the thew.

    London Walter Besant
  • His wife was a common scold an' led him th' life he desarved.

    Mr. Dooley Says Finley Dunne
  • At home she might make herself a common scold, might be pestiferously officious and more than pestiferously noisy.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • "Don't go at him like a common scold," Orr engagingly pleaded at one stage of the game.

  • Another woman was carried round, a distaff in her hand and a blue hood on her head, for a common scold.

    London Walter Besant
  • It is but a few years since a woman of St. Louis was arrested and brought before a magistrate as a common scold.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • Mrs. Mary Brody, convicted a few days ago of being a common scold, was today sentenced to pay a fine of $25 and costs.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
  • "You're getting to be nothing better than a common scold, Ern," returned Roger with a laugh.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie

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