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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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1. a woman schoolteacher, esp when considered to be prim, prudish, or old-fashioned
2. Brit any woman considered to be prim, prudish, or old-fashioned
[C19: from school1 + marm, variant of ma'am. See madam]
ˈschoolˌmarmish adj
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a female schoolteacher, esp. an old-fashioned type.
[1835–45, Amer.]
school′marm`ish, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.schoolmarm - a woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict)schoolmarm - a woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict)
school teacher, schoolteacher - a teacher in a school below the college level
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[ˈskuːlmɑːm] N (pej) → institutriz f
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[ˈskuːlˌmɑːm] n (pej) → maestrina
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Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make country schoolmarms!
`The Trials of a Country Schoolmarm.' It will be a harrowing bit of realism.
They got to talkin' 'bout school, for mother has summer-boarded a lot o' the schoolmarms, an' likes 'em.
To keep science alive, we need to nurture and protect the next generation of people like that, especially boys, from mental-health-obsessed schoolmarms.
Those earlier writers had been hostile to the movement and to the Yankee Schoolmarms who had, as one writer put it, "invaded" the South.
Some pictures call attention to the uneasy process of assimilation, for example, an image of Natives being taught by white schoolmarms in a regimented classroom (101).
The Schoolmarms are borderline industrial artcore focusing on heavy guitar riffs and cerebral poetry.
Goodman and Gilder quite rightly stressed the role of schoolmarms and social workers in marginalizing manliness, while Mencken followed Nietzsche in interpreting the decline in Western virility as a result of Christianity and our effete rejection of the basic rules of natural selection:
There are westerns full of darling schoolmarms and noble sheriffs--and then, there's Pale Horse, a book that takes pleasure in its anti-hero and the ugly world in which he lives.
To the schoolmarms, of which our news media employ great and many, this kind of talk is gobbledygook; things, flightless minds insist, are either true or false.
Making the grade; plucky schoolmarms of Kittitas Country.