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Noun: scolding  skówl-ding [N. Amer], skól-ding or skówl-ding [Brit]
  1. Rebuking a person harshly
    - chiding, objurgation, tongue-lashing
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

Derived forms: scoldings

Type of: complain, criticise [Brit], criticize, damn, kick, knock, kvetch [N. Amer], moan, pick apart, plain [archaic], quetch, rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval, sound off

Encyclopedia: Scold