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.

Nearby words

  1. scoffer,
  2. scofflaw,
  3. scofield,
  4. scoinson arch,
  5. scoke,
  6. scolding,
  7. scolding bridle,
  8. scoldingly,
  9. scoleces,
  10. scolecite

Origin of scold

1150–1200; (noun) Middle English, variant of scald < Old Norse skald poet (as author of insulting poems); see skald; (v.) Middle English scolden, derivative of the noun

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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
Derived Formsscoldable, adjectivescolder, nounscolding, nounscoldingly, adverb

Word Origin for scold

C13: from Old Norse skald

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