Definition of schoolmarm in English:


Line breaks: school|marm
Pronunciation: /ˈskuːlmɑːm


chiefly North American
  • A schoolmistress (typically used with reference to a woman regarded as prim, strict, and brisk in manner): I gave an exasperated schoolmarm’s laugh [as modifier]: a schoolmarm hairstyle
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    • 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.



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  • 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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