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Verb: scold  skówld [N. Amer], skóld or skówld [Brit]
  1. Censure severely or angrily
    "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car";
    - call on the carpet [US], take to task, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out [N. Amer], chew up [N. Amer], have words, lambaste, lambast, ream [N. Amer]
     
  2. Show one's unhappiness or critical attitude
    "He scolded about anything that he thought was wrong";
    - grouch, grumble, moan
Noun: scold  skówld [N. Amer], skóld or skówld [Brit]
  1. Someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault
    - scolder, nag, nagger, common scold

Derived forms: scolding, scolds, scolded

Type of: complain, criticise [Brit], criticize, damn, disagreeable person, kick, knock, kvetch [N. Amer], moan, pick apart, plain [archaic], quetch, sound off, unpleasant person

Encyclopedia: Scold