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schoolmarm

Syllabification: school·marm
Pronunciation: /ˈsko͞olˌmä(r)m
 
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Definition of schoolmarm in English:

noun

chiefly North American
A schoolmistress (typically used with reference to a woman regarded as prim, strict, and brisk in manner).
Example sentences
  • Many black teachers were themselves once students of the typical Yankee schoolmarms.
  • The schoolmarm changes her profession and becomes an outlaw, called Kissin’ Kate Barlow.
  • So did my New England Yankee public schoolmarms, but they and their policies have passed out of the culture and even the law.

Derivatives

schoolmarmish

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • To some people, I suspect, she came to embody the negative image of the copy editor: punctilious, schoolmarmish and blue-stockinged.
  • But despite the pertinence and importance of Dawn's critique, her schoolmarmish, finger-wagging tone may put people off.
  • The vice president, alas, will no doubt sound just as schoolmarmish when getting in his licks as when he's disgorging numbers.

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