- 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 scolded
“You can laugh out there,” he scolded his tormenters, his Boston accent becoming more pronounced.Bill Bratton Scolds Giggling Audience at American Justice Summit
November 11, 2014
Jimmy Carter scolded Americans for their “inordinate fear of communism.”Communism's Victims Deserve a Museum
August 25, 2014
“For seven days, Russia has refused to take a single concrete step in the right direction,” Kerry scolded.Exclusive: Putin Halts All Talks With White House
April 25, 2014
I've been scolded for making gestures and looking too "deaf."This Is What It Is Like To Be Deaf From Birth
December 23, 2013
Another time, before he wrote his treatise on Atheism, he scolded me for believing in God.My Friend and Mentor, Christopher Hitchens
December 16, 2013
Do you not recollect that only two months ago you scolded me, and ridiculed my plans?The Dream
That he should be so scolded and badly treated was not the best for him.What Sami Sings with the Birds
He had no love in his heart, so he drove and scolded all the time.Opera Stories from Wagner
"You oughtn't to carry the thing about with you, if it's so important," I scolded her.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
Martha had been in once, and had been scolded for her pains.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
- 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 scolded
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.