[ skohld ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to find fault with angrily; chide; reprimand: The teacher scolded me for being late.

verb (used without object)
  1. to find fault; reprove.

  2. to use abusive language.

  1. 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.

Other words for scold

Opposites for scold

Other words from scold

  • scold·a·ble, adjective
  • scolder, noun
  • scold·ing·ly, adverb
  • outscold, verb (used with object)
  • un·scold·ed, adjective

Words Nearby scold Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use scold in a sentence

  • 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


/ (skəʊld) /

  1. to find fault with or reprimand (a person) harshly; chide

  2. (intr) to use harsh or abusive language

  1. a person, esp a woman, who constantly finds fault

Origin of scold

C13: from Old Norse skald

Derived forms of scold

  • scoldable, adjective
  • scolder, noun
  • scolding, noun
  • scoldingly, adverb

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