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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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