Etymology: Middle English scald, scold, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skāld poet, skald, Icelandic skālda to make scurrilous verse
Date: 12th century
a. one who scolds habitually or persistently
b. a woman who disturbs the public peace by noisy and quarrelsome or abusive behavior
Date: 14th century
1. obsolete to quarrel noisily
2. to find fault noisily or angrily
to censure severely or angrily ; rebuke
• scolder noun
scold, upbraid, berate, rail, revile, vituperate mean to reproach angrily and abusively. scold implies rebuking in irritation or ill temper justly or unjustly <angrily scolding the children>. upbraid implies censuring on definite and usually justifiable grounds <upbraided her assistants for poor research>. berate suggests prolonged and often abusive scolding <berated continually by an overbearing boss>. rail (at or against) stresses an unrestrained berating <railed loudly at their insolence>. revile implies a scurrilous, abusive attack prompted by anger or hatred <an alleged killer reviled in the press>. vituperate suggests a violent reviling <was vituperated for betraying his friends>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.