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scold

scold

 
pronunciation:
skold
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: scolded, scolding, scolds
definition: to speak to with angry disapproval; reprimand; chastise.
She scolded the child for hitting the dog.
synonyms:
bawl out, chastise, objurgate, reprimand, upbraid
antonyms:
praise
similar words:
abuse, berate, blast, blister, castigate, chide, criticize, lambaste, lecture, rate, rebuke, reproach, reprove, revile, take to task
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to speak to someone with angry disapproval; use harsh language.
I know what I did was wrong, but please don't scold.
similar words:
carp, chide, complain, criticize, nag, reprove
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a person who often scolds others.
She was afraid she was turning into a scold.
synonyms:
faultfinder
derivations: scoldingly (adv.), scolder (n.)
Word History
Scold probably comes from the early Norse word skald, which means "poet." Centuries ago, the wandering poets of Scandinavia were experts at mocking and scolding in a memorable way.
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