scold´er

scold «skohld», verb, noun.
–v.t.
to find fault with; blame with angry words: »

His brother scolded him for breaking the baseball bat.

–v.i.
1. to find fault; talk angrily: »

Don't scold so much.

2. Obsolete. to quarrel noisily; brawl.
[< noun]
–n.
a person who scolds, especially a noisy, scolding woman: »

In older times, scolds were punished by being ducked in ponds.

[probably < Scandinavian (compare Old Icelandic skāld poet, in sense of “lampooner”)]
scold´er, noun.
Synonym Study transitive verb. Scold, upbraid, chide mean to find fault with someone. Scold particularly suggests reproval of someone younger or subordinate, often without good reason: »

That woman is always scolding the children in our neighborhood.

Upbraid suggests sharp and severe censure for a definite fault: »

The judge upbraided the argumentative lawyers and threatened to cite them for contempt.

Chide means to censure mildly in the hope of improvement: »

The foreman chided several of the workers for carelessness and lack of safety on the job.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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