- a female schoolteacher, especially of the old-time country school type, popularly held to be strict and priggish.
Origin of schoolmarm
Examples from the Web for schoolmarm
Historical Examples of schoolmarm
"This schoolmarm lady has fainted," announced the mule-skinner.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
"You can go now," he said, like a schoolmarm dismissing class.Vigorish
Gordon Randall Garrett
Truly, Smith guarded the Schoolmarm with the vigilance of a sheep-dog.'Me-Smith'
Then I must go and see the schoolmarm, remarked Walter, and get her to help me.Fighting the Sea
Edward A. Rand
"It seems there is a necessity for a schoolmarm in the family," remarked Linda.Talbot's Angles
Amy E. Blanchard
- a woman schoolteacher, esp when considered to be prim, prudish, or old-fashioned
- British any woman considered to be prim, prudish, or old-fashioned
Word Origin for schoolmarm
also school-marm, "female school teacher," 1834, American English colloquial, in countrified humor writing of "Major Jack Downing" of Maine (Seba Smith); variant of school-ma'am (1828), American English, from school (n.1) + ma'am. See R. Used figuratively from 1887 in reference to patronizing and priggish instruction.