- Verb i.
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.
One who scolds, or makes a practice of scolding; esp., a rude, clamorous woman; a shrew.
To chide with rudeness and clamor; to rate; also, to rebuke or reprove with severity.
A scolding; a brawl.
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