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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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
And even in cases where the adult birds had left the nests, the fledgling crows
  would still scold the dangerous humans.
And he'll scold them for continuing to distribute high bonuses, especially when
  they reward excessive risk-taking.
Considering the pitiful material they had to nibble on, it wouldn't be fair to
  scold them.
If you hike into one's territory, it may scold you with a shrill cry and
  quivering tail.
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