scold Definition

  • 1to criticize or reprimand someone angrily
  • 2to find fault with someone

Using scold: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "scold" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    My mother used to scold me for not doing my homework.

  • Example

    The teacher scolded the students for being late.

  • Example

    He was scolded by his boss for being unprofessional.

  • Example

    She scolded her husband for forgetting their anniversary.

scold Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for scold

Antonyms for scold

Idioms Using scold

  • to criticize or reprimand someone severely


    When he came home late, his wife gave him a scolding.

  • to receive criticism or reprimand from someone


    He took a scolding from his boss for not meeting the deadline.

  • to scold loudly and aggressively


    She scolded like a fishwife when she found out that her son had failed his exam.

Phrases with scold

  • an invitation to someone to criticize or reprimand you


    I know I'm late, so scold away.

  • scold's bridle

    a metal frame that fits into the mouth and over the head of a person, used as a punishment for nagging or gossiping


    In the old days, women who gossiped were punished by being made to wear a scold's bridle.

  • scold's tongue

    a sharp-tongued or nagging woman


    She was known as a scold's tongue because she was always criticizing others.

Origins of scold

from Old Norse 'skald', meaning 'poet'


Summary: scold in Brief

The verb 'scold' [skoʊld] means to criticize or reprimand someone angrily, often finding fault with them. It can be used in various contexts, such as parents scolding their children for misbehaving or bosses scolding their employees for not meeting deadlines. The phrase 'scold away' invites someone to criticize or reprimand you, while the idioms 'give someone a scolding' and 'take a scolding' refer to the act of criticizing or receiving criticism.