from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To reprimand or criticize harshly and usually angrily.
- intransitive v. To reprove or criticize openly.
- n. One who persistently nags or criticizes: "As a critic gets older, he or she usually grows more tetchy and . . . may even become a big-league scold” ( James Wolcott).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person fond of abusive language, in particular a troublesome and angry woman.
- v. To rebuke.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who scolds, or makes a practice of scolding; esp., a rude, clamorous woman; a shrew.
- n. A scolding; a brawl.
- intransitive v. To find fault or rail with rude clamor; to brawl; to utter harsh, rude, boisterous rebuke; to chide sharply or coarsely; -- often with at.
- transitive v. To chide with rudeness and clamor; to rate; also, to rebuke or reprove with severity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To chide or find fault, especially with noisy clamor or railing; utter harsh rebuke, railing, or vituperation.
- To chide with railing or clamor; berate; rail at.
- n. One who scolds; a scolder; especially, a noisy, railing woman; a termagant.
- n. A scolding: as, she gave him a rousing scold.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. censure severely or angrily
- n. someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault
- v. show one's unhappiness or critical attitude
Music stores are blasting love songs into the street, and no nationalist or Islamist scold is forcing them to stop.
I could wish, indeed, that the word scold might be changed for some more gentle term, of equal signification; because I am convinced, that the very name is as offensive to female ears, as the effects of that incurable distemper are to the ears of the men; which, to be sure, is inexpressible.
Keep pretending that a scold is the same as a reasoned argument, however, I can guarantee that you will help usher in the very era of protectionism that you seem so fearful of.
If she be passionate, want of manners makes her a termagant and a scold, which is much at one with Lunatic.
He is so fixed on not seeming like a presidential flirt that he risks coming across as a bit of a righteous tease or a high-minded scold, which is exactly what his book is, a high-minded scolding.
When some unnamed "official involved in speech peparation" asserts that the President will not "scold" or "confront" "our supporters," that person exhibits a measure of paternal arrogance which in our present environment of bloggers and cable news will not go unnoticed by the progressives he is trying to finesse.
Lots of considerations that go into that --- but I'm just a voter/supporter and I certainly 'scold' him.
Frankly I think JJJ owes an apology to Obama (as well as Cleaver, et al.) -- and if not a bit of a public 'scold' from Obama might be appropriate.
She wrote that Kristen Brietweiser is a "scold", and "Miss Va-Va Voom of 1968".
But she is not some kind of scold or stodgy traditionalist, wagging a disapproving finger at our fall from a golden age.