Definition of schoolmarm in English:

schoolmarm

noun

North american
  • A schoolmistress (typically used with reference to a woman regarded as prim, strict, and brisk in manner)

    ‘I gave an exasperated schoolmarm's laugh’
    [as modifier] ‘a schoolmarm hairstyle’
    • ‘The schoolmarm changes her profession and becomes an outlaw, called Kissin’ Kate Barlow.’
    • ‘A follow-up commercial had a gray-bunned schoolmarm firing off a letter about the grammatical goof, only to be challenged with the jingle, ‘Whaddaya want, good grammar or good taste?’’
    • ‘Maybe the cowboy in us prefers the saloon tart to the civilizing schoolmarm.’
    • ‘Notable and new, to me at least, was the spectacle of matronly gents dressing up as their mothers, aunties and schoolmarms in dowdy conservative outfits, cheerlessly dispensing disapproval over all.’
    • ‘It was an ice cream float gone guileful, a schoolmarm with a swagger.’
    • ‘So did my New England Yankee public schoolmarms, but they and their policies have passed out of the culture and even the law.’
    • ‘This credo of a particular order of comparative literature is like the hush of the schoolmarm enforcing a designed consensus at lesson's end.’
    • ‘The problem with me is that when I talk about my mission, I sound deadly serious because I'm a former schoolmarm.’
    • ‘But now she was standing behind the bench, looking down at me in a pose that was part schoolmarm and part Southern hanging judge.’
    • ‘Many black teachers were themselves once students of the typical Yankee schoolmarms.’
    • ‘The schoolmarm buried within me is clamouring to get out.’
    educator, tutor, instructor, pedagogue, schoolteacher, schoolmaster, schoolmistress, master, mistress, governess, educationalist, educationist
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Pronunciation:

schoolmarm

/ˈskuːlmɑːm/