Definition of martinetish in US English:

martinetish

(also martinettish)

adjective

  • See martinet

    • ‘He was an odd character in the episode, very martinetish as I recall.’
    • ‘Even worse are the martinetish schoolmarms who harp on punctuality - and mark down for tardiness - but spend the rest of the hour sitting with a hand to their mouth, concealing a yawn.’
    • ‘The scholarly, somewhat prissy and martinetish teacher who frets that his students don't like him is a total departure from his previous roles.’
    • ‘The Bill's provisions allow much scope for officiousness and for a martinetish or even bullying approach on the part of officials.’
    • ‘You have to be martinetish about the protection of your skin as anything can trigger another attack of eczema.’