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What does scold mean?
Scold means to angrily or harshly tell someone that they’ve said or done something you think is wrong, often with the intent of making them feel bad about it so that they don’t do it again
A person may scold both other people and animals when they do something wrong. When it comes to people, it is often adults scolding children.
The noun scold refers to a person who frequently judges other people or points out their faults. This sense of the word is almost always used negatively to imply that such a person scolds too much or is often angry.
Example: My dad scolded my dog after it chewed up the couch.
Where does scold come from?
The first records of scold come from about 1150. It was used as both a noun and a verb (as scolden) in Middle English. It ultimately comes from the Old Norse word skald, “author of insulting poems.”
Odds are good that at some point in your life, you were scolded by your parents or a teacher when you misbehaved. When a person scolds someone else, they are making it clear that they disapprove of what the person did by angrily lecturing or criticizing them. The goal is to embarrass or shame the person so they won’t repeat the behavior. For example, a school teacher is very likely to scold a bully if they catch them in the act.
The word scold is often used specifically to describe when an adult corrects the behavior of a child or pet.
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- scoldable (adjective)
- scolder (noun)
- scolding (noun)
- scoldingly (adverb)
- outscold (verb)
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How is scold used in real life?
Scold is particularly used when parents or teachers are criticizing a person. The noun form is almost always used negatively.
I bought a happy meal so I can get the minion figurine even tho my mom scolded me hehe
— Giaan Nguyen (@minipasta__) June 29, 2020
Finally went to my dentist and she scolded me like anything 😭
— ~~Tαɳเҡα ~~ (@tanika_11) July 6, 2020
I'm so sore, that I can't even get up to scold my puppy when he's chewing on my socks.
— Allie Lehman (@alliepal) July 22, 2009
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Is scold used correctly in the following sentence?
My coach was so happy with my impressive performance that he scolded me in front of the team.
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|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|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|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