EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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
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school 1 + marm, variant of ma'am . See madam
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Word Origin and History for schoolmarmish n.
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.
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