common scold

(in early common law) a habitually rude and brawling woman whose conduct was subject to punishment as a public nuisance.
[1760-70]

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  • Common scold — Common Com mon, a. [Compar. {Commoner}; superl. {Commonest}.] [OE. commun, comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis; com + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E. mean low …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • common scold — A person who frequently or habitually causes public disturbances or breaks the peace by brawling or quarreling. Dictionary from West s Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005. common scold A person who frequen …   Law dictionary

  • Common scold — Punishing a common scold in the dunking stool In the common law of crime in England and Wales, a common scold was a species of public nuisance a troublesome and angry woman who broke the public peace by habitually arguing and quarreling with her… …   Wikipedia

  • common scold — noun someone (especially a woman) who annoys people by constantly finding fault • Syn: ↑scold, ↑scolder, ↑nag, ↑nagger • Derivationally related forms: ↑nag (for: ↑nagger), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • common scold — A troublesome and angry woman who, by brawling and wrangling among her neighbors, commits a breach of the public peace, increases discord, and becomes a nuisance in the neighborhood. 15 Am J2d Com S $ 2 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Common — Com mon, a. [Compar. {Commoner}; superl. {Commonest}.] [OE. commun, comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis; com + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E. mean low,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Common bar — Common Com mon, a. [Compar. {Commoner}; superl. {Commonest}.] [OE. commun, comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis; com + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E. mean low …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Common barrator — Common Com mon, a. [Compar. {Commoner}; superl. {Commonest}.] [OE. commun, comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis; com + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E. mean low …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Common Bench — Common Com mon, a. [Compar. {Commoner}; superl. {Commonest}.] [OE. commun, comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis; com + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E. mean low …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Common brawler — Common Com mon, a. [Compar. {Commoner}; superl. {Commonest}.] [OE. commun, comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis; com + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E. mean low …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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