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
“You can laugh out there,” he scolded his tormenters, his Boston accent becoming more pronounced.Bill Bratton Scolds Giggling Audience at American Justice Summit | Lloyd Grove | November 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Jimmy Carter scolded Americans for their “inordinate fear of communism.”
“For seven days, Russia has refused to take a single concrete step in the right direction,” Kerry scolded.
I've been scolded for making gestures and looking too "deaf."
Another time, before he wrote his treatise on Atheism, he scolded me for believing in God.
He elbowed, criticised, scolded and toadied to Clement Chardin des Lupeaulx and other office-holders.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
A serious voice arrested the willow switch: I didnt like to be scolded when I was a little girl, it used to make me cry.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
As Mata scolded, the girl nestled back among her quilts, smiling mischievously.The Dragon Painter | Mary McNeil Fenollosa
His father scolded him somewhat impatiently, and sent him back to bed again, assuring him that he had been dreaming.Urania | Camille Flammarion
When I scolded him, he undulated his silly yellow body, sprang upon his hind legs, and licked my hands.The Idyl of Twin Fires | Walter Prichard Eaton
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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