schoolmarm

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noun school·marm \-ˌmä(r)m\
variants: or

schoolma'am

play \-ˌmäm, -ˌmam\

Definition of schoolmarm

  1. 1 :  a woman who is a schoolteacher especially in a rural or small-town school

  2. 2 :  a person who exhibits characteristics attributed to schoolteachers (as strict adherence to arbitrary rules)

schoolmarmish

play \-ˌmä(r)-mish\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of schoolmarm

school + marm, alteration of ma'am


First Known Use: 1831


SCHOOLMARM Defined for English Language Learners

schoolmarm

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noun school·marm \-ˌmä(r)m\

Definition of schoolmarm for English Language Learners

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

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