Definition of schoolmarmish in US English:



North American
  • See schoolmarm

    • ‘But despite the pertinence and importance of Dawn's critique, her schoolmarmish, finger-wagging tone may put people off.’
    • ‘The vice president, alas, will no doubt sound just as schoolmarmish when getting in his licks as when he's disgorging numbers.’
    • ‘She combines the schoolmarmish authority of Barbara Woodhouse with the diva presence of Barbra Streisand.’
    • ‘The delivery may be faintly schoolmarmish, but the substance is unexpectedly funky.’
    • ‘To some people, I suspect, she came to embody the negative image of the copy editor: punctilious, schoolmarmish and blue-stockinged.’