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[ skohl-ding ]


  1. the action of a person who scolds; a rebuke; reproof:

    I got a scolding for being late again.

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Other Words From

  • un·scolding adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of scolding1

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; scold, -ing 1

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Example Sentences

So far in the States, he has eschewed the roaring, pumping, and scolding so as not to antagonize his new teammates and opponents.

But to see just how crazy this scolding is, we need some background.

To be sure, there was some scolding of the Republican Party, but very little.

Yes, they engaged in a great deal of the lecturing and scolding recommended by Charles Murray.

Yet when Palestinians do the same, they are met with scolding and resistance.

And she fell to scolding him in the way he usually loved,—but at the moment found less stimulating for some reason.

He was aware of his own helplessness; he felt almost like a boy scolding his own wise, affectionate mother.

She went down and led them out of the sun, scolding the quadroon for not being more attentive.

"I believe Ethel took rather too much care," said Margaret, much more harassed by the scolding than by the pain.

At the sessions he sits swearing and scolding incessantly, and when he is at his worst—just think!


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