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schoolmaster

[skool-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈskulˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
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)
4.
to teach or direct in the capacity of schoolmaster.
Origin of schoolmaster
1175-1225
First recorded in 1175-1225, schoolmaster is from the Middle English word scolemaister. See school1, master
Related forms
schoolmastership, noun
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  • Then she and the schoolmaster, by one accord, began to laugh.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • They laughed together, and the schoolmaster rose to light his lamp.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • The schoolmaster hesitated, and turned the lamp-wick up and down.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • The schoolmaster took up his lamp again and walked to the door.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • Handkerchiefs for the schoolmaster, stockings and gloves for Solon!

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • The schoolmaster glanced at me inquiringly and I corroborated the lad's accusation.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • And all that's in it for me is this—the schoolmaster was a rogue that did not give me that verse in for my money.

  • He has a most surprising memory, and is quite the pride of his schoolmaster.

British Dictionary definitions for schoolmaster

schoolmaster

/ˈskuːlˌmɑːstə/
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 (intransitive)
4.
to be a schoolmaster
Derived Forms
schoolmastering, noun
schoolmasterish, adjective
schoolmasterly, adjective
schoolmastership, noun
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