of or connected with a school or schools.
Obsolete. of the schoolmen.

verb (used with object)

to educate in or as if in a school; teach; train.
Archaic. to reprimand.

Origin of school

before 900; Middle English scole (noun), Old English scōl < Latin schola < Greek scholḗ leisure employed in learning
Related formsschool·a·ble, adjectiveschool·less, adjectiveschool·like, adjective




a large number of fish, porpoises, whales, or the like, feeding or migrating together.

verb (used without object)

to form into, or go in, a school, as fish.

Origin of school

1350–1400; Middle English schol(e) < Dutch school; cognate with Old English scolu troop; see shoal2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for schooled

Contemporary Examples of schooled

Historical Examples of schooled

  • Leila, thou hast been nurtured with tenderness, and schooled with care.

    Leila, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • While Vere and Artois had been out in the boat she had schooled herself.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • He had schooled himself to a semblance of stoicism when he reached his office.

  • We are nurtured on it; we are schooled in it, we live by it; and we rarely realize it.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • We are schooled now, both of us, to know that grasping brings not gain.



British Dictionary definitions for schooled




  1. an institution or building at which children and young people usually under 19 receive education
  2. (as modifier)school bus; school day
  3. (in combination)schoolroom; schoolwork
any educational institution or building
a faculty, institution, or department specializing in a particular subjecta law school
the staff and pupils of a school
the period of instruction in a school or one session of thishe stayed after school to do extra work
meetings held occasionally for members of a profession, etc
a place or sphere of activity that instructsthe school of hard knocks
a body of people or pupils adhering to a certain set of principles, doctrines, or methods
a group of artists, writers, etc, linked by the same style, teachers, or aimsthe Venetian school of painting
a style of lifea gentleman of the old school
informal a group assembled for a common purpose, esp gambling or drinking

verb (tr)

to train or educate in or as in a school
to discipline or control
an archaic word for reprimand

Word Origin for school

Old English scōl, from Latin schola school, from Greek skholē leisure spent in the pursuit of knowledge




a group of porpoises or similar aquatic animals that swim together


(intr) to form such a group

Word Origin for school

Old English scolu shoal ²
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Word Origin and History for schooled

"taught, trained, disciplined," 1821, past participle adjective from school (v.1).



"place of instruction," Old English scol, from Latin schola "intermission of work, leisure for learning; learned conversation, debate; lecture; meeting place for teachers and students, place of instruction; disciples of a teacher, body of followers, sect," from Greek skhole "spare time, leisure, rest ease; idleness; that in which leisure is employed; learned discussion;" also "a place for lectures, school;" originally "a holding back, a keeping clear," from skhein "to get" (from PIE root *segh- "to hold, hold in one's power, to have;" see scheme (n.)) + -ole by analogy with bole "a throw," stole "outfit," etc.

The original notion is "leisure," which passed to "otiose discussion" (in Athens or Rome the favorite or proper use for free time), then "place for such discussion." The Latin word was widely borrowed, cf. Old French escole, French école, Spanish escuela, Italian scuola, Old High German scuola, German Schule, Swedish skola, Gaelic sgiol, Welsh ysgol, Russian shkola. Translated in Old English as larhus, literally "lore house," but this seems to have been a glossary word only.

Meaning "students attending a school" in English is attested from c.1300; sense of "school building" is first recorded 1590s. Sense of "people united by a general similarity of principles and methods" is from 1610s; hence school of thought (1864). School of hard knocks "rough experience in life" is recorded from 1912 (in George Ade); to tell tales out of school "betray damaging secrets" is from 1540s. School bus is from 1908. School days is from 1590s. School board from 1870.



"group of fish," c.1400, from Middle Dutch schole (Dutch school) "group of fish or other animals," cognate with Old English scolu "band, troop, crowd of fish," from West Germanic *skulo- (cf. Old Saxon scola "troop, multitude," West Frisian skoal), perhaps with a literal sense of "division," from PIE root *(s)kel- (1) "to cut, divide" (see scale (n.1)). Cf. shoal (n.2)). For possible sense development, cf. section from Latin secare "to cut."



"to educate; to reprimand, to discipline," mid-15c., from school (n.1). Related: Schooled; schooling.



"collect or swim in schools," 1590s, from school (n.2). Related: Schooled; schooling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with schooled


In addition to the idiom beginning with school

  • school of hard knocks

also see:

  • tell tales (out of school)
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