- 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 schoolmarms
Still, if I were recruiting for schoolmarms, I should come here.Their Pilgrimage
Charles Dudley Warner
Among these, New England “schoolmarms” and schoolmasters have played an active part, and several were from time to time arrested.History of American Abolitionism
F. G. De Fontaine
The family are all coming home, and the two Folger girls—the schoolmarms—will be here from Nantucket.True to His Home
Schoolmarms and masters did not always teach for sweet charitys sake.Dixie After the War
Myrta Lockett Avary
- 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 schoolmarms
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.