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scold

scold

 
pronunciation:
skold
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part of speech: verb
inflections: scolded, scolding, scolds
definition: to tell someone that they have done something wrong, usually in an angry way.
The mother scolded her child for spilling her milk.
antonyms:
praise
similar words:
abuse, blast, criticize
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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