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[skohl-ding] /ˈskoʊl dɪŋ/
the action of a person who scolds; a rebuke; reproof:
I got a scolding for being late again.
Origin of scolding
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at scold, -ing1
Related forms
unscolding, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Not that I shall miss you much, with your scoldings and fault-findings!

    Prince Vance Eleanor Putnam
  • His thought, like an indignant monitor, collapsed with scoldings.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • Old Sally's scoldings didn't matter, nor Marty's smug confidence.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Jasper Losely began to be frightened at Mrs. Crane's scoldings.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Her religious exhortations are backed by scoldings and fussiness.

  • You see, Bruce, he said gaily, if there are any scoldings to be had I get em.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • But as yet Hannah's scoldings were the only trouble that had beset her.

    Margaret Vincent Sophia Lucy Clifford
  • I've had scoldings enough by this time not to mind, I should rather think.'

    The Old Pincushion Mrs. Molesworth
  • That's all very well, but it's I who'll get the scoldings, and they'll be the limit.

    Loyal to the School Angela Brazil
  • And now she must go home by herself to blame, scoldings, and derision.

    The Benefactress Elizabeth Beauchamp

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