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  • (UK) IPA(key): /skəʊld/, [skɒʊɫd]
  • (US) IPA(key): /skoʊld/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -əʊld

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English scold, scolde, skolde, skalde, borrowed from Old Norse skald (poet). Cognate with Icelandic skáld (poet, scop).


scold (plural scolds)

  1. A person who habitually scolds, in particular a troublesome and angry woman.
    • 2015 September 14, Paul Krugman, “Labour's dead centre [print version: International New York Times, 15 September 2015, p. 9]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      Consider the contrast with the United States, where deficit scolds dominated Beltway discourse in 2010–2011 but never managed to dictate the terms of political debate []
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English scolden, from the noun (see above).


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

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To rebuke angrily.
    • 1813, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
      A week elapsed before she could see Elizabeth without scolding her —
    • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., [], OCLC 752825175:
      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. It seemed so unjust. Looking back, I recollect she had very beautiful brown eyes.
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