adjective book·ish \ˈb-kish\

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

Full Definition of BOOKISH

a :  of or relating to books
b :  fond of books and reading
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
book·ish·ly adverb
book·ish·ness noun

Examples of BOOKISH

  1. Their teacher was a bookish fellow.
  2. <fealty is a bookish synonym for loyalty>

First Known Use of BOOKISH



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