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schoolmarm

Definition:

a woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict)

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

schoolmarms

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

from school1 + marm, variant of ma'am. See madam
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Teacher | schoolteacher

a person who provides education for pupils and students. The role of teacher is often formal and ongoing, carried out at a school or other place of formal education. In many countries, a person who wishes to become a teacher must first obtain specified... (44 of 6115 words, 9 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Teacher

Collins Dictionary:

schoolmarm | schoolmarmish [adjective, derived]

a woman schoolteacher, especially when considered to be prim, prudish, or old-fashioned | [British] any woman considered to be prim, prudish, or ... (21 of 340 words, 2 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/schoolmarm

Wiktionary:

schoolmarm | schoolmarms [plural] | schoolma'am [informal] | schoolma'ams [informal, plural]

[United States, slang] A woman who is a teacher, especially a teacher in a schoolhouse; may carry the connotation she's severe. | A person, male or female, who exhibits characteristics attributed to schoolteachers of the old times (as strict adherence... (39 of 69 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/schoolmarm

Merriam-Webster:

schoolmarm | schoolma'am | schoolmarmish [adjective, related]

a woman who is a schoolteacher especially in a rural or small-town school | a person who exhibits characteristics attributed to schoolteachers (as ... (22 of 65 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/schoolmarm

Oxford Dictionary:

schoolmarm [North American] | schoolmarmish [derived]

a schoolmistress (typically used with reference to a woman regarded as prim, strict, and brisk in manner) (17 of 50 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/schoolmarm

schoolmarm | schoolmarmish [derived]

Syllabification: (school·marm) | [North American] | a schoolmistress (typically used with reference to a woman regarded as prim, strict, and brisk in ... (20 of 44 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/schoolmarm

Macmillan British Dictionary:

schoolmarm [countable, informal] | schoolmarms [plural] | schoolmarmish [adjective, related]

a woman who is old-fashioned, strict, and very easily shocked (10 of 38 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/schoolmarm

Cambridge Dictionary:

schoolmarm

[disapproving] a very formal and severe woman who likes to control other people and is easily shocked | [United States, dated] a female school teacher (24 of 30 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/schoolmarm

American Heritage Dictionary:

schoolmarm | schoolmarmish [adjective, related]

A woman teacher, especially one who is regarded as strict or old-fashioned. (12 of 29 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/schoolmarm

New World Dictionary:

schoolmarm [United States] | schoolmarmish [adjective, related]

[outdated] a woman schoolteacher | [informal] any person whose attitudes and behavior resemble those often attributed to schoolmarms, as pedantry, ... (19 of 26 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/schoolmarm

Random House Dictionary:

schoolmarm [outdated] | schoolmaam | schoolma'am

a female schoolteacher, especially of the old-time country school type, popularly held to be strict and priggish. (17 of 25 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/schoolmarm

Encarta Dictionary:

schoolmarm | schoolmarms [plural] | schoolmarmish [adjective, derived]

an offensive term for a woman thought to live in a way regarded as old-fashioned (insult) | an offensive term for a woman schoolteacher, especially ... (24 of 50 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861702263​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

schoolmarm

First use: 19th century

Origin: from school1 + marm, variant of ma'am. See madam

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/schoolmarm

American Heritage Dictionary:

schoolmarm

Origin: "school" [entry 1] + dialectal marm (variant of "ma'am").

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/schoolmarm

Merriam-Webster:

schoolmarm | schoolma'am

First use: 1831

Origin: school + marm, alteration of ma'am

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/schoolmarm

Wiktionary:

schoolmarm | schoolmarms [plural]

Origin: school + marm.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/schoolmarm

school | schools [plural] | schooled [past tense] | schooling [present participle]

Origin: Middle English schole ("group of persons, multitude, host, school of fish"), from Middle Dutch scole ... | Middle English scole, from Old English scōl ("place of education"), from Proto-Germanic *skōla... (29 of 185 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/school

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

schoolmarm

Audio: British English pronunciation of "schoolmarm"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/schoolmarm

Macmillan British Dictionary:

schoolmarm [countable, informal] | schoolmarms [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "schoolmarm"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/schoolmarm

Macmillan American Dictionary:

schoolmarm [countable, informal] | schoolmarms [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "schoolmarm"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/schoolmarm

Cambridge Dictionary:

schoolmarm

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "schoolmarm"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "schoolmarm"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/schoolmarm

the Free Dictionary:

schoolmarm

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "schoolmarm"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "schoolmarm"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "schoolmarm" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/schoolmarm

schoolma'am

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "schoolma'am"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "schoolma'am"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "schoolma'am" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/schoolma'am

Google Dictionary:

schoolmarm | school-ma'ms [plural] | schoolmarms [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "schoolmarm"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=schoolmarm

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

schoolmarm

Audio: North American pronunciation of "schoolmarm"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=school​13 word=schoolmarm

schoolma'am

Audio: North American pronunciation of "schoolma'am"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=school​14 word=schoolma'am

YourDictionary Audio:

schoolmarm

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "schoolmarm" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/schoolmarm

schoolma'am

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "schoolma'am" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/schoolma-am

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