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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, informal], take to task, rebuke, rag [informal], trounce, lecture, reprimand, jaw [informal], dress down [informal], call down [informal], chide, berate, bawl out [informal], remonstrate, chew out [N. Amer, informal], chew up [N. Amer, informal], have words, lambaste, lambast, ream [N. Amer, informal], wig [Brit, informal]
  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 [informal], disagreeable person, kick [informal], knock [informal], kvetch [N. Amer, informal], moan, pick apart, plain [archaic], sound off, unpleasant person

Encyclopedia: Scold