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schoolmaster

[skool-mas-ter, -mah-ster]
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noun
  1. a man who presides over or teaches in a school.
  2. anything that teaches or directs: Life can be a harsh schoolmaster.
  3. a snapper, Lutjanus apodus, a food fish found in Florida, the West Indies, etc.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to teach or direct in the capacity of schoolmaster.

Origin of schoolmaster

First recorded in 1175–1225, schoolmaster is from the Middle English word scolemaister. See school1, master
Related formsschool·mas·ter·ship, noun
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  • They laughed together, and the schoolmaster rose to light his lamp.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • The schoolmaster took up his lamp again and walked to the door.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • The schoolmaster hesitated, and turned the lamp-wick up and down.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Then she and the schoolmaster, by one accord, began to laugh.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Handkerchiefs for the schoolmaster, stockings and gloves for Solon!

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown


British Dictionary definitions for schoolmaster

schoolmaster

noun
  1. a man who teaches in or runs a school
  2. a person or thing that acts as an instructor
  3. a food fish, Lutjanus apodus, of the warm waters of the Caribbean and Atlantic: family Lutjanidae (snappers)
verb (intr)
  1. to be a schoolmaster
Derived Formsschoolmastering, nounschoolmasterish, adjectiveschoolmasterly, adjectiveschoolmastership, noun
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