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Definition of scold:

  1. A scolding; a brawl.
  2. One who scolds, or makes a practice of scolding; esp., a rude, clamorous woman; a shrew.
  3. To chide with rudeness and clamor; to rate; also, to rebuke or reprove with severity.
  4. To find fault or rail with rude clamor; to brawl; to utter harsh, rude, boisterous rebuke; to chide sharply or coarsely; - often with at; as, to scold at a servant.

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mutter, yap away, criminate, lecture, jade, ride, rattle on, underdress, keep after, vex, chaffer, blow up at, chide, rate, rag, beat out, call, irritate, jaw, growl, chew out, claver, trounce, disparage, reprobate, welt, lather, invoke, vanquish, natter, jump on, chatter, point out, crucify, punish, tease, recriminate, beat, give one a talking to, nagger, manducate, dun, take to task, rebuke, crush, frustrate, chew the fat, hack, flog, visit, vituperate, shell, reprove, torment, get after, chew up, bedevil, chew, nag, grumble, stir, rumble, have on the carpet, murmur, cavil, rap, yack, preach, let someone have it, reproof, confab, objurate, confabulate, nark, rail, whip, abuse, gossip, reprimand, tax, common scold, burn up, lambast, slash, tell off, asperse, lambaste, light into, bother, chit-chat, talk, find fault with, chat, annoy, arouse, yack away, evoke, masticate, razz, call forth, bait, chafe, tantalize, lash, tantalise, bring up, castigate, censure, chitchat, rake over the coals, put down, chastise, remonstrate, vilify, cane, upbraid, scolder, gnarl, expostulate with, claver, conjure up, raise, strap, put forward, bawl out, berate, twit, upbraid, call down, chasten, croak, call on the carpet, praise, revile, reprove, conjure, attack, have words, get at, gravel, cod, get to, dress down, rally, shoot the breeze, nettle, lay down the law, plug, devil, grouch, rile, admonish, taunt, chew down.

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