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English noun: scold

1. scold (person) someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault

Synonymscommon scold, nag, nagger, scolder

Broader (hypernym)disagreeable person, unpleasant person

Narrower (hyponym)harridan

English verb: scold

1. scold (communication) censure severely or angrily

SamplesThe mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car.
The deputy ragged the Prime Minister.
The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup.

ExamplesSam cannot scold Sue

Synonymsbawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, take to task, trounce

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart

Narrower (hyponym)brush down, castigate, chasten, chastise, correct, objurgate, tell off

2. scold (communication) show one's unhappiness or critical attitude

SamplesHe scolded about anything that he thought was wrong.
We grumbled about the increased work load.

Synonymsgrouch, grumble

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)complain, kick, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off

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