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schoolmaster

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Pronunciation: /ˈskuːlmɑːstə
 
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Definition of schoolmaster in English:

noun

chiefly British
1A male teacher in a school.
Example sentences
  • Less surprising is the large number of schoolmasters, top public school headmasters, college fellows and masters, and university professors.
  • He is a sadistic schoolmaster and incompetent teacher.
  • In 1790s Gotham, most children were educated within an informal system of ‘pay schools’ presided over by independent schoolmasters and schoolmistresses.
2An experienced horse that is used to train or give confidence to inexperienced riders or horses.

Derivatives

schoolmasterly

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • His piece is rather smug, schoolmasterly and patronising.
  • Much as he disliked the label ‘Father Of The Nation’, for many people he was just that, a gaunt, schoolmasterly figure who had rekindled Scotland's parliament and whose experience was essential for its well - being.
  • Political condemnation and praise in the name of art seem to be two sides of one coin representing a schoolmasterly avoidance of the issue.

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