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  • n. madam; a polite term of address for a lady.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vulgar mode of writing ma'am for madam.


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  • My missus wanted me to call her 'marm' but I always forgot.

    Excerpt: The Observations by Jane Harris

  • You name any kind of a racket-dope, prostitution, gambling, protection'shakedowns, illicit-gem buying, shylocking, stolen goods-and Inger'marm's at the back of it.

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  • The butternut jacket with blue pants of the Federal soldier, the homespun shirt with the cast-off pants of some lucky officer; and the black broadcloth frock and jauntily-cut pants that some friendly lady had ransacked her absent one's stores to give, all appeared on dress parade; surmounted by every variety of head gear, from the straw hat of many seasons to the woolen night-cap the good "marm" had knitted.

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  • And there was a class, too, kept by a "marm" who traveled with the circus and taught spelling and arithmetic and the art of letter-writing, from

    The Bill-Toppers

  • I can answer for this "marm" tucking up her feet with great agility, and not a moment too soon either, for as a light wind was blowing, a playful wave came rippling over and through the planked floor of the dray, floating all the smaller parcels about.

    Station Amusements

  • My grand-marm used to say a gentleman must always be prepared to share a toast with a friend.

    HALF • by Fred Warren

  • Watching the parade of celebrities and political leaders lionizing media darlings like former D.C. schools marm Michelle Rhee is quite literally depressing for those of us who love children.

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  • No. It's worth pointing out that Armey, insofar as he's involved in the Tea Party, has a specific job there: his job is to tame and trim what extremes there are so that their energy can be extruded and formed into a marm that can best support the GOP establishment.

    TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads

  • (I tried to type that in a school marm tone but not sure I accomplished that.) datingjesus

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  • Think of all the playground scenes from movies of yore with kids picking on each other, huge brawls breaking out, a school marm sending the wrong kid home with his book-bag to his Grapes of Wrath homefront, a rabid dog, a father on the front porch with a bottle of moonshine.

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