Definitions for scoldskoʊld

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to find fault with angrily; chide; reprimand.

  2. (v.i.)to find fault angrily; reprove.

  3. to use abusive language.

  4. (n.)a person who is constantly scolding, often with loud and abusive speech.

Origin of scold:

1150–1200; (n.) < ON skāld poet (as satirist); see skald


Princeton's WordNet

  1. scold, scolder, nag, nagger, common scold(verb)

    someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault

  2. call on the carpet, take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast(verb)

    censure severely or angrily

    "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"

  3. grouch, grumble, scold(verb)

    show one's unhappiness or critical attitude

    "He scolded about anything that he thought was wrong"; "We grumbled about the increased work load"


  1. scold(Noun)

    A person fond of abusive language, in particular a troublesome and angry woman.

  2. scold(Verb)

    To rebuke.

  3. Origin: From Old Norse skald "poet". English since the 12th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scold(verb)

    to find fault or rail with rude clamor; to brawl; to utter harsh, rude, boisterous rebuke; to chide sharply or coarsely; -- often with at; as, to scold at a servant

  2. Scold(verb)

    to chide with rudeness and clamor; to rate; also, to rebuke or reprove with severity

  3. Scold(noun)

    one who scolds, or makes a practice of scolding; esp., a rude, clamorous woman; a shrew

  4. Scold(noun)

    a scolding; a brawl

Anagrams of scold

  1. clods

  2. colds

Translations for scold

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to criticize or blame loudly and angrily

She scolded the child for coming home so late.

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