- the action of a person who scolds; a rebuke; reproof: I got a scolding for being late again.
Origin of scolding
- 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 scolding
So far in the States, he has eschewed the roaring, pumping, and scolding so as not to antagonize his new teammates and opponents.Masahiro Tanaka Is the Yankees' $155M Lethal Weapon and Strikeout Machine
May 9, 2014
But to see just how crazy this scolding is, we need some background.The Republican Street Fight Over Transparency in Government
March 26, 2014
To be sure, there was some scolding of the Republican Party, but very little.Rand Paul is Not Like His Father
February 10, 2012
Yes, they engaged in a great deal of the lecturing and scolding recommended by Charles Murray.Now All Americans Are Losing Ground
February 8, 2012
Yet when Palestinians do the same, they are met with scolding and resistance.The Case for Palestine
September 19, 2011
If you have the pleasure of scolding, I surely can have that of crying.The Imaginary Invalid
The king-birds have come, and the corn-planter, the scolding bob-o-link.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Isn't mother ugly and cross and scolding to me all the time?
Her scolding, however, seemed to have more effect on Khalid than my reasoning.The Book of Khalid
"You come just in time to give him a scolding," he said, with an affectation of liveliness.The Downfall
- 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 scolding
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.