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Meaning & Definition of Scold in English

English

Scold

/skoʊld/

noun

1. Someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault

    synonym:
  • scold
  • ,
  • scolder
  • ,
  • nag
  • ,
  • nagger
  • ,
  • common scold

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • 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

2. Show one's unhappiness or critical attitude

  • "He scolded about anything that he thought was wrong"
  • "We grumbled about the increased work load"
    synonym:
  • grouch
  • ,
  • grumble
  • ,
  • scold

Examples of using

Don't scold her. She's too young to understand.