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[skool-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈskulˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
a man who presides over or teaches in a school.
anything that teaches or directs:
Life can be a harsh schoolmaster.
a snapper, Lutjanus apodus, a food fish found in Florida, the West Indies, etc.
verb (used with or without object)
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 forms
schoolmastership, noun Unabridged
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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


a man who teaches in or runs a school
a person or thing that acts as an instructor
a food fish, Lutjanus apodus, of the warm waters of the Caribbean and Atlantic: family Lutjanidae (snappers)
verb (intransitive)
to be a schoolmaster
Derived Forms
schoolmastering, noun
schoolmasterish, adjective
schoolmasterly, adjective
schoolmastership, noun
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