schoolmarm


school·marm

noun \-ˌmä(r)m\

: a woman who teaches in a school in a small town or in the country

Full Definition of SCHOOLMARM

1
:  a woman who is a schoolteacher especially in a rural or small-town school
2
:  a person who exhibits characteristics attributed to schoolteachers (as strict adherence to arbitrary rules)
school·marm·ish \-ˌmä(r)-mish\ adjective

Variants of SCHOOLMARM

school·marm or school·ma'am \-ˌmäm, -ˌmam\

Origin of SCHOOLMARM

school + marm, alteration of ma'am
First Known Use: 1831

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

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