WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
school•marm /ˈskulˌmɑrm/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Educationa female schoolteacher, esp. one who is old-fashioned.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
school•marm  (sko̅o̅lmärm′),USA pronunciation n. [Older Use.]
  1. Education, Slang Termsa female schoolteacher, esp. of the old-time country school type, popularly held to be strict and priggish.
Also,  schoolma'am.  schoolmarm′ish, adj. 
  • variant of schoolma'am 1835–45, American.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

schoolmarm /ˈskuːlˌmɑːm/ n informal
  1. a woman schoolteacher, esp when considered to be prim, prudish, or old-fashioned
  2. Brit any woman considered to be prim, prudish, or old-fashioned
Etymology: 19th Century: from school1 + marm, variant of ma'am. See madam

ˈschoolˌmarmish adj



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