Meaning of “scold” in the English Dictionary

"scold" in British English

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scoldverb [ T ]

uk /skəʊld/ us /skoʊld/ old-fashioned

to speak to someone angrily because you disapprove of their behaviour:

His mother scolded him for breaking her favourite vase.
scolding
adjective uk /ˈskəʊl.dɪŋ/ us /ˈskoʊl.dɪŋ/
scolding
noun [ C ] uk /ˈskəʊl.dɪŋ/ us /ˈskoʊl.dɪŋ/

He gave his son a scolding for coming home so late.

(Definition of “scold” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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scoldverb [ T ]

us /skoʊld/

to criticize angrily someone who has done something wrong:

His mother scolded him for breaking the window.
scolding
noun [ C/U ] us /ˈskoʊl·dɪŋ/

[ C ] I got a scolding for coming home late.

(Definition of “scold” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)