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schoolmarm

[skool-mahrm] /ˈskulˌmɑrm/
noun, Older Use.
1.
a female schoolteacher, especially of the old-time country school type, popularly held to be strict and priggish.
Also, schoolma'am.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; variant of schoolma'am
Related forms
schoolmarmish, adjective
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schoolmarm

/ˈskuːlˌmɑːm/
noun (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
Derived Forms
schoolmarmish, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from school1 + marm, variant of ma'am. See madam
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