- to find fault with angrily; chide; reprimand: The teacher scolded me for being late.
- to find fault; reprove.
- to use abusive language.
Origin of scold
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Examples from the Web for scold
And then I wonder if I would be such a scold with my patients about any other issue.Will This Pill Kill ‘Safe Sex’?
May 16, 2014
Given a choice between the scoundrel and the scold, who might the people go for?Bring on the Made-for-Reality-TV District Race Down South
February 25, 2014
The invitation from Peter Orlovsky provided an opportunity for her to scold Ginsberg once again.The Mystery of the Allen Ginsberg-Diana Trilling Feud
June 12, 2013
Before you scold me: I know how famous Higgins is, and how important she was.History’s First Draft—in Partial Praise of Print Nostalgia
December 4, 2012
Murray is right to worry about that separation—even if his only use of his correct perception is to scold.What the Founders Would Tell Charles Murray
February 7, 2012
"I'm not going to scold you, you silly little kitten," said the aunt cheerfully.
Do you think I want to scold her; do you think I want to humble her?
Shall I have to scold my coadjutor, or to reason with an intellect like this?Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
"I sent for him to scold him," continued Orlando with a smile.
How would you have me scold him when he weeps over it all with me?
- to find fault with or reprimand (a person) harshly; chide
- (intr) to use harsh or abusive language
- a person, esp a woman, who constantly finds fault
Word Origin and History for scold
mid-12c., "person of ribald speech," later "person fond of abusive language" (c.1300), especially a shrewish woman [Johnson defines it as "A clamourous, rude, mean, low, foul-mouthed woman"], from Old Norse skald "poet" (see skald). The sense evolution might reflect the fact that Germanic poets (like their Celtic counterparts) were famously feared for their ability to lampoon and mock (e.g. skaldskapr "poetry," also, in Icelandic law books, "libel in verse").
late 14c., "be abusive or quarrelsome," from scold (n.). Related: Scolded; scolding.