Before you scold me: I know how famous Higgins is, and how important she was.
And then I wonder if I would be such a scold with my patients about any other issue.
Murray is right to worry about that separation—even if his only use of his correct perception is to scold.
Given a choice between the scoundrel and the scold, who might the people go for?
The invitation from Peter Orlovsky provided an opportunity for her to scold Ginsberg once again.
"And please believe that I have not come to scold you," said Philip.
She's a scold and she holds half the mortgages in the county.
Even Mrs. Magwire, the overseer's wife, with whom she lived, had forgotten to hurry or to scold her.
But the fact was that she was growing quite tired of having no one to scold.
Red squirrels came down close to my head to chatter and scold and drive me out of the solitude.
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.