[ skool-mahrm ]
/ ˈskulˌmɑrm /

noun Older Use.

a female schoolteacher, especially of the old-time country school type, popularly held to be strict and priggish.

Origin of schoolmarm

1835–45, Americanism; variant of schoolma'am

Related forms

school·marm·ish, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for schoolmarm


/ (ˈskuːlˌmɑːm) /

noun informal

a woman schoolteacher, esp when considered to be prim, prudish, or old-fashioned
British any woman considered to be prim, prudish, or old-fashioned

Derived Forms

schoolmarmish, adjective

Word Origin for schoolmarm

C19: from school 1 + marm, variant of ma'am . See madam
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