from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A schoolmistress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Colloq.U.S. A schoolmistress.

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  • noun informal schoolmarm

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict)


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  • A schoolma'am, which is what he thought her to be, would certainly not have hunted.

    The Last Gamble

  • 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.

    Education and the Knowledge-Based Society

  • 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.

    Education and the Knowledge-Based Society

  • Thought perhaps the way that schoolma'am jilted yer would take the big-head out of yer.

    The Transformation of Job A Tale of the High Sierras

  • Dan Dean was not slow to observe the unconscious drifting of Job away from the church and toward the schoolma'am.

    The Transformation of Job A Tale of the High Sierras

  • 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.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 1995, Memorial Issue

  • 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.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 79, May, 1864

  • The fall term had ended, and the schoolma'am was going home; no more school till spring.

    The Transformation of Job A Tale of the High Sierras

  • Now look here, John Hunter, you can't go an 'carry this schoolma'am off till this here term's finished.

    The Wind Before the Dawn

  • 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.

    The Wind Before the Dawn


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