[ skohl-ding ]
/ ˈskoʊl dɪŋ /


the action of a person who scolds; a rebuke; reproof: I got a scolding for being late again.

Origin of scolding

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at scold, -ing1

Related forms

un·scold·ing, adjective

Definition for scolding (2 of 2)


[ skohld ]
/ skoʊld /

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.

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 scolding


/ (skəʊld) /


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 Forms

scoldable, adjectivescolder, nounscolding, nounscoldingly, adverb

Word Origin for scold

C13: from Old Norse skald
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