schoolmarmish

schoolmarm

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


Origin:
1835–45, Americanism; variant of schoolma'am

schoolmarmish, adjective
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schoolmarm (ˈskuːlˌmɑːm)
 
n
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]
 
'schoolmarmish
 
adj

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