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Definition of scold verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

scold

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//skəʊld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skoʊld//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scold
BrE BrE//skəʊld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skoʊld//
 
he / she / it scolds
BrE BrE//skəʊldz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//skoʊldz//
 
past simple scolded
BrE BrE//ˈskəʊldɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskoʊldɪd//
 
past participle scolded
BrE BrE//ˈskəʊldɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskoʊldɪd//
 
-ing form scolding
BrE BrE//ˈskəʊldɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskoʊldɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] scold somebody (for something/for doing something) | (+ speech) (formal) to speak angrily to somebody, especially a child, because they have done something wrong synonym rebuke He scolded them for arriving late. Rose scolded the child gently for her bad behaviour. ‘Don’t be such a baby!’ he scolded. Word Origin Middle English (as a noun): probably from Old Norse skáld ‘skald’.
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