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scold

 
 
pronunciation:
skold
parts of speech:
verb, noun
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part of speech: verb
inflections: scolds, scolding, scolded
definition: to speak in a sharp or angry way.
The woman scolded her child for being mean to his brother.
synonyms:
bawl out
antonyms:
praise
similar words:
abuse, blast, blister, criticize, lecture, take to task
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a person who often scolds others.
No one liked him because he was such a scold.
derivations: scoldingly (adv.), scolder (n.)
Word History
Scold probably comes from the early Norse word skald, which means "poet." Centuries ago, the wandering poets of Scandinavia were experts at mocking and scolding in a memorable way.
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