verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- scoinson arch,
- scolding bridle,
Origin of scold
Examples from the Web for scold
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
Before you scold me: I know how famous Higgins is, and how important she was.History’s First Draft—in Partial Praise of Print Nostalgia|Tom McGeveran|December 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Murray is right to worry about that separation—even if his only use of his correct perception is to scold.
Meanwhile, he was amassing furniture and bric-a-brac, just as the bird bits of straw; and he implored her not to scold him.Balzac|Frederick Lawton
The latter awoke, rubbed his one good eye, and began to scold the rustic with great ill-humor.The Social Cancer|Jos Rizal
So instead of leaving these disgraceful little Ducks alone, which would perhaps have been wiser, she began to scold them.The Story of a Red Deer|J. W. Fortescue
The boy's first impulse was to cry, but when he saw me he began to scold about having Beatrice loose in the barnyard.The Red Cow and Her Friends|Peter McArthur
"I didn't want to ask you to post it, because I thought perhaps Mrs. Partridge would find out, and then she'd scold you," I said.The Boys and I|Mrs. Molesworth
Word Origin for scold
mid-12c., "person of ribald speech," later "person fond of abusive language" (c.1300), especially a shrewish woman [Johnson defines it as "A clamourous, rude, mean, low, foul-mouthed woman"], from Old Norse skald "poet" (see skald). The sense evolution might reflect the fact that Germanic poets (like their Celtic counterparts) were famously feared for their ability to lampoon and mock (e.g. skaldskapr "poetry," also, in Icelandic law books, "libel in verse").
late 14c., "be abusive or quarrelsome," from scold (n.). Related: Scolded; scolding.