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scold

[skohld] /skoʊld/
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
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
Related forms
scoldable, adjective
scolder, noun
scoldingly, adverb
outscold, verb (used with object)
unscolded, adjective
Synonyms
1. reprove; censure. See reproach.
Antonyms
1. praise.
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British Dictionary definitions for scolder

scold

/skəʊld/
verb
1.
to find fault with or reprimand (a person) harshly; chide
2.
(intransitive) to use harsh or abusive language
noun
3.
a person, esp a woman, who constantly finds fault
Derived Forms
scoldable, adjective
scolder, noun
scolding, noun
scoldingly, adverb
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norse skald
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Word Origin and History for scolder

scold

n.

mid-12c., "person of ribald speech," later "person fond of abusive language" (c.1300), especially a shrewish woman [Johnson defines it as "A clamourous, rude, mean, low, foul-mouthed woman"], from Old Norse skald "poet" (see skald). The sense evolution might reflect the fact that Germanic 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").

v.

late 14c., "be abusive or quarrelsome," from scold (n.). Related: Scolded; scolding.

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