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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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  • The schoolmaster replied, he could not answer either of the questions.

  • The schoolmaster had obtained a good deal of money, but he had not enough.

    Stories of New Jersey Frank Richard Stockton
  • When Miss Susan entered her kitchen, the schoolmaster had come down and was putting a stick of wood into the stove.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • I must try to improve her, and be both lover and schoolmaster to my wife.

    Major Frank A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
  • This opinion was natural enough in a schoolmaster, but not in the precise form Wardlaw put it.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • He had once been a schoolmaster and that accounted for his didactic style.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • He was the first schoolmaster of the Greeks, and taught them the letters which were used in his own country across the sea.

    Old Greek Stories James Baldwin
  • Then there is one way of shaking him off; let us make him a schoolmaster!

    Popular Education Ira Mayhew
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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