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Definition of the noun schoolmarm

What does schoolmarm mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: schoolmarms

  1. a woman schoolteacher (especially one regarded as strict)

Alternative definition of the noun schoolmarm


  1. [US, slang] A woman who is a teacher, especially a teacher in a schoolhouse; may carry the connotation she is severe.
  2. A person, male or female, who exhibits characteristics attributed to schoolteachers of the old times (as strict adherence to arbitrary rules, is strict on those who don't comply to those rules, etc.)
  3. A forestry term for a tree with two or more trunks; a forked tree.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Fairies in World Folklore and Mythology (2013)

by Theresa Bane

Described as an elderly and strict schoolmarm, Mrs. Bedoneasyoudid, along with fellow fairy MRS. DOASYOUWOULDBEDONEBY, instructed the WATER BABIES in the nineteenth-century story The Water Babies (1863), by Charles Kingsley.

Google previewEncyclopaedia of New Media and Educational Planning (2000)

by A K Hota

The "schoolmarm" image hits women especially hard. Love and marriage are women's chief media "specialities" and typical reasons for existing in the stories at all. Female characters in the world of mass fiction and drama are limited to a ...

Google previewAmerican Women during World War II: An Encyclopedia (2009)

An Encyclopedia by Doris Weatherford

Norwerewomenalways the majority: in early America, the “schoolmaster” was axiomatically male, and the “schoolmarm” caught up withhimonly because the opening ofa vastfrontiermeant thatno “real man”would stay in the classroom.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Media and Communication (2013)

by Marcel Danesi

Hero lords, upper-class types cowboy space man agent Heroine damsel in distress schoolmarm space gal woman spy Secondary triends ot heroine townspeople, indians technicians assistant agents Villains seeming triends who lie outlaws ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Construction Terms and Phrases (2013)

by Karl F. Schmid

Schoolmarm:A treestem that branchesinto two or moretrunks or tops. Scissor joist : A nonstandardtype of joistwhere boththetop chordand bottom chord are double pitched and parallel with each other. Scissor joist. Scissor truss: A truss where ...

Google previewThe Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life in America [4 volumes] (2008)

by Randall M. Miller Ph.D.

Popular nostalgia imperfectly recalls that rural areas boasted the little one-room schoolhouse whose prim schoolmarm presided over students ranging in age from very young children to relatively mature young adults. The myth of avid learners ...

Google previewThe Logger's Encyclopedia: A Road to the Past (2008)

by Donald Mathew Alanen

Schoolmarm—a forked tree that requires falling one fork at a time. A sign of potential danger to a faller. Schroeder,J.Edward [b.1914]—was one of Oregon's innovative and visionary foresters.Hewas borninto a pioneer family that homesteaded ...

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Scrabble value of S1C3H4O1O1L1M3A1R1M3

The value of this 10-letter word is 19 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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