1. [ verb ] censure severely or angrily
Synonyms: chide scold rebuke berate lecture lambast call_down lambaste trounce bawl_out reproof remonstrate chew_out reprimand chew_up have_words jaw call_on_the_carpet rag check

"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

Related terms: criticize chastize tell_off rebuke lecture chiding
2. [ verb ] (clothing) put on clothes that make a careless or ill-dressed impression
Synonyms: underdress
Related terms: dress_up dress
Similar spelling:   drag_down