- 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
"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 and History 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.