Schoolmarm meaning

-mäm, -măm
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A woman teacher, especially one who is regarded as strict or old-fashioned.
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A woman schoolteacher.
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Any person whose attitudes and behavior resemble those often attributed to schoolmarms, as pedantry, priggishness, or prudishness.
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(US, slang) A woman who is a teacher, especially a teacher in a schoolhouse; may carry the connotation she is severe.

The schoolmarm, running the old west one-room school, is a stock character in western movies.

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A person, male or female, who exhibits characteristics attributed to schoolteachers of the old times (as strict adherence to arbitrary rules, is strict on those who don't comply to those rules, etc.)
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(forestry) A tree with two or more trunks; a forked tree.
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Origin of schoolmarm

  • school dialectal marm (variant of ma'am)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From school +"Ž marm.

    From Wiktionary