noun Older Use.
a female schoolteacher, especially of the old-time country school type, popularly held to be strict and priggish.

1835–45, Americanism; variant of schoolma'am

schoolmarmish, adjective Unabridged
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schoolmarm (ˈskuːlˌmɑːm)
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
[C19: from school1 + marm, variant of ma'am. See madam]

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It's the smile of a patient schoolmarm familiar with the antics of rowdy students.
So he was not quite the relativist described in his press clippings, but nor was he secretly a schoolmarm.
Thank you for all the wonderful responses and especially to schoolmarm for such a detailed reply: that helps me a lot.
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