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|part of speech:
||scolds, scolding, scolded
||to tell someone that they have done something wrong, usually in an angry way.
The mother scolded her child for spilling her milk.
- similar words:
- abuse, blast, criticize
||scoldingly (adv.), scolder (n.)
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.