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[skool-mam, -mahm] /ˈskulˌmæm, -ˌmɑm/
Origin of schoolma'am
1825-35, Americanism; school1 + ma'am Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She was to spend a long day with Miss Satterly, the schoolma'am, and started off soon after breakfast one morning.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • She sure is a fine writer, Taterleg—writes like a schoolma'am.

  • And now, behold, the economic conditions themselves are the work of the schoolma'am.

  • He could not see, for his part, why she wanted to go gadding off to the Falls with Len Adams and the schoolma'am, anyway.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • Miss Wilth, the schoolma'am, keeps a widow mother with tongue and teeth, so them as smells the bait is ware of the trap.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • Do you mean, schoolma'am, that y're willin' to learn us outside o' school hours?

    The Angel of the Gila: Cora Marsland
  • Me an' Marthy wanted ter learn ter sing like you do, schoolma'am.

    The Angel of the Gila: Cora Marsland
  • Here and there, among the women, was a Yankee schoolma'am, going to some new charge in the islands.

  • Go home to your mother, and tell her the schoolma'am sent you home for three cents to buy a new book.

    Proud and Lazy Oliver Optic
  • The elder and the schoolma'am went in the grubs and sat down on a log, and there she unfolded to him her tale of woe.

    Peck's Sunshine George W. Peck

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