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scold

 
Noun scold has 1 sense
  1. scold, scolder, nag, nagger, common scold - someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault
    --1 is a kind of unpleasant person, disagreeable person
    --1 has particulars: harridan
    Derived form: verb scold2
Verb scold has 2 senses
  1. call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, trounce, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast - censure severely or angrily; "The 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"
    --1 is one way to knock, criticize, criticise, pick apart
    Derived forms: noun scolder1, noun scolding1
    Sample sentence:
    Sam cannot scold Sue
  2. grouch, grumble, scold - show one's unhappiness or critical attitude; "He scolded about anything that he thought was wrong"; "We grumbled about the increased work load"
    --2 is one way to complain, kick, plain, sound off, quetch, kvetch
    Derived forms: noun scold1, noun scolder1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s
    Somebody ----s PP
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