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 (sko͞ol′märm′) also school·ma'am (-mäm′, -măm′)
A woman teacher, especially one who is regarded as strict or old-fashioned.

[school + dialectal marm (variant of ma'am).]

school′marm′ish adj.
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[ˈskuːlˌmɑːmɪʃ] adj (pej) → pedante
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When we talk of discipline here we do not talk of the parade ground or its schoolmarmish version.
(61) Compare Adorno's claim: "Only blindness could deny the aesthetic means gained in painting from Giotto and Cimabuue to Pero della Francesca; however, to conclude that Piero's paintings are therefore better than the frescos of Assisi would be schoolmarmish." See Theador Adorno, Aesthetic Theory, trans.
She is often described as schoolmarmish and shrill even by some admirers, reacting to a presentation style of a woman who spent years in teaching before coming to the Senate.
"One of the main problems of the Green movement in Cyprus," he complains at one point, sounding rather schoolmarmish, "is that, in some cases, there is not the appropriate documentation and argumentation."
Instead, we have squabbling factions: Schoolmarmish sticklers on one side; let-all-the-hyphens-hang-out liberals on the other.
In the United States, there were many decades when the low bun was associated with a decidedly practical, puritanical, even schoolmarmish look.
I hope I won't be accused of schoolmarmish pedantry if I complain that all this makes me think about Rose Wilder Lane, Laura's daughter.
Pryor is prickly, condescending, and schoolmarmish, contemptuous not only of Lincoln but of everyone who sees him as more than an oafish political hack.
The third quote sounds schoolmarmish. This typical character of a Korean mother-in-law not only mimics face-to-face personal instructions but teaches housework in extensive detail.
The BBC, no stranger to allegations of bullying its own staff, seems to specialise in bullying its guests, who drag themselves out of bed to be habitually abused on the Today programme by the aforementioned Naughtie, the schoolmarmish Sarah Montague or occasionally even the peerless John Humphrys.
Her schoolmarmish resentment at seeing a canonical figure whom she had spent so many years studying handled in this rough manner was the sort of thing he lived for.
This massive anthology is the oddest mixture imaginable of the conventional and the supposedly up to date, the schoolmarmish and the inappropriate.