[ skohld ]
/ skoʊld /

verb (used with object)

to find fault with angrily; chide; reprimand: The teacher scolded me for being late.

verb (used without object)

to find fault; reprove.
to use abusive language.


a person who is constantly scolding, often with loud and abusive speech.

Origin of scold

First recorded in 1150–1200; (noun) Middle English, variant of scald, from Old Norse skald “poet” (as author of insulting poems); see skald; (verb) Middle English scolden, derivative of the noun

synonym study for scold

1. See reproach.

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British Dictionary definitions for scold

/ (skəʊld) /


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

Derived forms of scold

scoldable, adjectivescolder, nounscolding, nounscoldingly, adverb

Word Origin for scold

C13: from Old Norse skald
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