scold

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From Old Norse skald (poet). English since the 12th century.

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scold (plural scolds)

  1. (obsolete) A person fond of abusive language, in particular a troublesome and angry woman.

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scold (third-person singular simple present scolds, present participle scolding, simple past and past participle scolded)

  1. To rebuke.
    • 1813, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
      A week elapsed before she could see Elizabeth without scolding her —
    • 1879, Richard Jefferies, chapter 1, The Amateur Poacher:
      Molly the dairymaid came a little way from the rickyard, and said she would pluck the pigeon that very night after work. She was always ready to do anything for us boys; and we could never quite make out why they scolded her so for an idle hussy indoors.

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