American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of schoolmarm.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A schoolmistress.
- n. informal schoolmarm
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Colloq.U.S. A schoolmistress.
- n. a woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict)
“A schoolma'am, which is what he thought her to be, would certainly not have hunted.”
“Perhaps not in the same shape-the schoolma'am is quite emancipated and the schoolhouse 20 or more times larger-but that dedication to a vocation still exists.”
“Fortunately, to face these problems and to meet this challenge to educators, we still have those relics from the past, the schoolma'am and the little red schoolhouse.”
“Nevertheless, three things that year's work did, well worth the doing: it relieved a vast amount of physical suffering; it transported 7000 fugitives from congested centres back to the farm; and, best of all, it inaugurated the crusade of the New England schoolma'am.”
“I see whole rows of these young faces in an old school-house, far from here, close by the sea, -- can see the little girls running in, when the schoolma'am knocked, and settling down in their forms, panting for breath.”
“Now look here, John Hunter, you can't go an 'carry this schoolma'am off till this here term's finished.”
“To the spiteful Crane child the schoolma'am was "stuck-up," while to the imaginative daughter of the Farnshaw house she was a bird of paradise, and though Lizzie was conscious that the teacher's voice was harsh, and her air affected, the child reached out like a drowning man toward this symbol of the life she coveted.”
“Dan Dean was not slow to observe the unconscious drifting of Job away from the church and toward the schoolma'am.”
“Thought perhaps the way that schoolma'am jilted yer would take the big-head out of yer.”
“The fall term had ended, and the schoolma'am was going home; no more school till spring.”
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