One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having characteristics commonly associated with schoolmistresses, especially those of formality and briskness.‘her crisp, rather schoolmistressy manner’
prim and proper, prim, proper, prudish, priggish, puritanical, moralistic, prissy, mimsy, niminy-piminy, shockable, victorian, old-maidish, schoolmarmish, governessyView synonyms
- ‘She does get worked up, but never seems to quite let go, and I feel that her Brünnhilde has a sensible schoolmistressy element.’
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