[ verb ] 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" "check" is archaic

Used in print

(Morley Callaghan, A Passion in Rome....)

He had never heard so many bells , and as he lay there listening , he thought_of her scolding him for his remarks when he had looked up at the obelisk and the church at the top of the Spanish_Steps .

[ verb ] show one's unhappiness or critical attitude


grumble grouch


"He scolded about anything that he thought was wrong" "We grumbled about the increased work load"

Related terms

complain whiner grouch

[ noun ] someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault