from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A harsh or sharp reprimand.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Railing or vituperative language; a rating: as, to get a good scolding.
  • noun Synonyms See rail, verb

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • a. & n. from scold, v.
  • an iron frame. See Brank, n., 2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A succession of critical remarks, such as those directed by a parent towards a misbehaving child.
  • verb Present participle of scold.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun rebuking a person harshly


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