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bookish

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adjective book·ish \ˈbu̇-kish\

Simple Definition of bookish

  • : more interested in reading books and studying than doing more physical activities (such as sports)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bookish

  1. 1 a :  of or relating to books b :  fond of books and reading

  2. 2 a :  inclined to rely on book knowledge b of words :  literary and formal as opposed to colloquial and informal c :  given to literary or scholarly pursuits; also :  affectedly learned

bookishly adverb
bookishness noun

Examples of bookish in a sentence

  1. Their teacher was a bookish fellow.

  2. <fealty is a bookish synonym for loyalty>



1566

First Known Use of bookish

1566



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