to find fault; reprove.
to use abusive language.
a person who is constantly scolding, often with loud and abusive speech.
- scold·a·ble, adjective
- scolder, noun
- scold·ing·ly, adverb
- outscold, verb (used with object)
- un·scold·ed, adjective
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How to use scold in a sentence
Activists scold us about which side of history we want to be on, never noticing that nobody agrees where the line is.
Take for example, the reaction of Keith Olbermann, the reigning scold of sportslandia.Forget the Wife Beating—Are You Ready for Some Football? | Steve Almond | September 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And then I wonder if I would be such a scold with my patients about any other issue.
Given a choice between the scoundrel and the scold, who might the people go for?Bring on the Made-for-Reality-TV District Race Down South | Michelle Cottle | February 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The invitation from Peter Orlovsky provided an opportunity for her to scold Ginsberg once again.The Mystery of the Allen Ginsberg-Diana Trilling Feud | Gregory Curtis | June 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Remember how often you used to scold me for tangling the yarn, when you were spinning on the great wheel.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
As soon as the old birds saw Josie and her mamma coming, they began to scold, and fly about in great alarm.
The frightened maid ceased to scold in her polyglot way and grew coherent.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
The old man became dreadfully angry, you may guess, and began to scold and curse in German.Skipper Worse | Alexander Lange Kielland
I charge nothing for the lodging—only do not sit up late and burn up the candles, for Therese will scold.Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
British Dictionary definitions for scold
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
- scoldable, adjective
- scolder, noun
- scolding, noun
- scoldingly, adverb
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