from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To reprimand or criticize harshly and usually angrily.
- intransitive v. To reprove or criticize openly.
- n. One who persistently nags or criticizes: "As a critic gets older, he or she usually grows more tetchy and . . . may even become a big-league scold” ( James Wolcott).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person fond of abusive language, in particular a troublesome and angry woman.
- v. To rebuke.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To find fault or rail with rude clamor; to brawl; to utter harsh, rude, boisterous rebuke; to chide sharply or coarsely; -- often with at.
- transitive v. To chide with rudeness and clamor; to rate; also, to rebuke or reprove with severity.
- n. One who scolds, or makes a practice of scolding; esp., a rude, clamorous woman; a shrew.
- n. A scolding; a brawl.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To chide or find fault, especially with noisy clamor or railing; utter harsh rebuke, railing, or vituperation.
- To chide with railing or clamor; berate; rail at.
- n. One who scolds; a scolder; especially, a noisy, railing woman; a termagant.
- n. A scolding: as, she gave him a rousing scold.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. censure severely or angrily
- n. someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault
- v. show one's unhappiness or critical attitude
Middle English scolden, to be abusive, from scolde, an abusive person, probably of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse skald "poet". English since the 12th century. (Wiktionary)