common scold

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n common scold someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Common scold (Law) a woman addicted to scolding indiscriminately, in public.
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Usage

In literature:

I'm here merely in the office of chaperon and common scold.
"The Iron Trail" by Rex Beach
Scolding, so common a curse in civilization, is not known here at all.
"Travels in Alaska" by John Muir
Then she scolded herself back to common-sense.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Hubertine was obliged to scold them both, for, with her excellent common-sense, she disliked exaggeration even in good things.
"The Dream" by Emile Zola
His wife was a common scold an' led him th' life he desarved.
"Mr. Dooley Says" by Finley Dunne
Conviction of a common scold, Sept. 11, 1821; sentence not reported.
"The Olden Time Series, Vol. 5: Some Strange and Curious Punishments" by Henry M. Brooks
Scolding and cursing are her common conversation.
"The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Vol. VII" by Jonathan Swift
Elizabeth scolded her Parliaments, and more than once called the Speaker of the House of Commons to account.
"The Rise of the Democracy" by Joseph Clayton
Then she scolded herself back to common sense.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
If to censure we add the threat of punishment, we have then what in common language is called scolding.
"Pedagogics as a System" by Karl Rosenkranz
Divorces are now as common as scolding at Billingsgate.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
She was arraigned as a common scold before Judge William Cranch, and he sentenced her to be ducked in the Potomac River.
"Curious Punishments of Bygone Days" by Alice Morse Earle
DUCKING-STOOL, a stool or chair in which common scolds were formerly tied and plunged into water.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
His mother is no better than a common scold.
"True to a Type, Vol. II (of 2)" by Robert Cleland
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In news:

More murmurings of a common scold.
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