What does scold mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scold, scolder, nag, nagger, common scoldverb

    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, lambastverb

    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, scoldverb

    show one's unhappiness or critical attitude

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


  1. scoldnoun

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

  2. scoldverb

    To rebuke.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Scoldnoun

    A clamourous, rude, mean, low, foul-mouthed woman.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    A shrew in domestick life, is now become a scold in politicks. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    Sun-burnt matrons mending old nets;
    Now singing shrill, and scolding oft between;
    Scolds answer foul-mouth’d scolds. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Scoldverb

    To quarrel clamorously and rudely.

    Etymology: scholden, Dutch.

    Pardon me, ’tis the first time that ever
    I’m forc’d to scold. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    The one as famous for a scolding tongue,
    As the other is for beauteous modesty. William Shakespeare.

    They attacked me, some with piteous moans, others grinning and only shewing their teeth, others ranting, and others scolding and reviling. Edward Stillingfleet.

    Pallas meets the queen of love;
    For gods, we are by told,
    Can in celestial language scold. Jonathan Swift.

    Scolding and cursing are her common conversation. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Scold

    In the common law of crime in England and Wales, a common scold was a type of public nuisance—a troublesome and angry person who broke the public peace by habitually chastising, arguing and quarrelling with their neighbours. Most punished for scolding were women, though men could be found to be scolds. The offence, which carried across in the English colonisation of the Americas, was punished by fines and increasingly less often by ways intended to humiliate in public: dunking (being arm-fastened into a chair and dunked into a river or pond), or paraded through the street on wheels; being put in the scold's bridle (branks); or the stocks. Selling bad bread or bad ale was also punished in these ways in some parts of England in medieval centuries. None of the physical punishments is known to have been administered (such as by magistrates) since an instance in 1817 that involved a wheeling through the streets. Washington D.C. authorities imposed a fine against a writer against clerics, declared a common scold, in 1829. The offence and punishment were abolished in England and Wales in 1967, and formally in New Jersey in 1972.


  1. scold

    Scold refers to the act of remonstrating, criticizing or reprimanding someone harshly, typically in an angry or stern manner due to their wrong or careless behavior or actions. It can also refer to the person who is giving the reprimand.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scoldverb

    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. Scoldverb

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

  3. Scoldnoun

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

  4. Scoldnoun

    a scolding; a brawl

  5. Etymology: [Akin to D. schelden, G. schelten, OHG. sceltan, Dan. skielde.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scold

    skōld, v.i. to rail in a loud and violent manner: to find fault.—v.t. to chide rudely: to rebuke in words.—n. a rude, clamorous woman: a termagant.—ns. Scold′er; Scold′ing, railing: a rating; Scold′ing-stool, a cucking-stool. [Old Dut. scheldan; Ger. schelten, to brawl, to scold.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scold in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scold in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of scold in a Sentence

  1. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan:

    We are not Europe's scapegoat, we are definitely not a country that Europe can point its finger at and scold. Instead of criticizing us, Europe should find a solution to increasing racism and Islamophobia.

  2. Janjira Kaewmaram:

    Kru Ice is very nice, but if you are late with homework he will scold you.

  3. Paul Ryan:

    Trump posted. His comments come days after excerpts from an upcoming book the former House Speaker as saying that Trumpdidnt know anything about government and that Ryanwanted to scold him all the time. Because Im telling you, Because Im didnt know anything about government... I wanted to scold Because Im all the time.

  4. Vladimir Putin:

    Even though not many, there are jobs in place as part of cooperation with Russia. We are talking about tens of thousands, potentially hundreds of thousands, of jobs, i am not saying this to scold or commend anyone. Absolutely not.

  5. Paul Ryan:

    I told Paul Ryan I got ta have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right, because, I'm telling you, he didn't know anything about government... I wanted to scold him all the time.

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