scolding

[skohl-ding]
noun
the action of a person who scolds; a rebuke; reproof: I got a scolding for being late again.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English; see scold, -ing1

unscolding, adjective
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scold

[skohld]
verb (used with object)
1.
to find fault with angrily; chide; reprimand: The teacher scolded me for being late.
verb (used without object)
2.
to find fault; reprove.
3.
to use abusive language.
noun
4.
a person who is constantly scolding, often with loud and abusive speech.

Origin:
1150–1200; (noun) Middle English, variant of scald < Old Norse skald poet (as author of insulting poems); see skald; (v.) Middle English scolden, derivative of the noun

scoldable, adjective
scolder, noun
scoldingly, adverb
outscold, verb (used with object)
unscolded, adjective


1. reprove; censure. See reproach.


1. praise.
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scold (skəʊld)
 
vb
1.  to find fault with or reprimand (a person) harshly; chide
2.  (intr) to use harsh or abusive language
 
n
3.  a person, esp a woman, who constantly finds fault
 
[C13: from Old Norse skald]
 
'scoldable
 
adj
 
'scolder
 
n
 
'scolding
 
n
 
'scoldingly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

scold
mid-12c., "person of ribald speech," also "person fond of abusive language," from O.N. skald "poet" (see skald). The sense evolution may reflect the fact that Gmc. poets (like their Celtic counterparts) were famously feared for their ability to lampoon and mock (e.g. skaldskapr
"poetry," also, in Icelandic law books, "libel in verse"). From the beginning, used especially of women. The verb is attested from late 14c.
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Example sentences
The effect of scolding was more pronounced when the dogs were obedient, not
  disobedient.
But there's no telling whether this is a one-off scolding or will translate
  into longer-term action.
We are not to think it absurd that he expresses a wish he could ease his mind
  by giving the culprit a good scolding.
She spent hours scolding, cajoling and groveling, on the phone and in
  single-spaced typed letters.
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