bookish

adjective
book·ish | \ˈbu̇-kish \

Definition of bookish 

1a : of or relating to books

b : fond of books and reading

2a : 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

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Other Words from bookish

bookishly adverb
bookishness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for bookish

Synonyms

erudite, learned, literary

Antonyms

colloquial, nonliterary, unbookish

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Examples of bookish in a Sentence

Their teacher was a bookish fellow. “fealty” is a bookish synonym for “loyalty”

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Justice Kennedy is bookish and abstract, while Mr. Trump is earthy and direct. New York Times, "Inside the White House’s Quiet Campaign to Create a Supreme Court Opening," 28 June 2018 Mazeffa at 50 — introverted and bookish, a chess master, assistant librarian and college graduate — seemed far removed from the angry 17-year-old who grabbed a shotgun 32 years ago and destroyed two lives. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "Why are juvenile lifers from Philly getting radically different sentences than those in the rest of Pennsylvania?," 10 July 2018 Like many Marine commandants before him, Gen. Neller makes no apologies for being bookish. Sam Walker, WSJ, "Why the Marine Corps Ditched the Best Offense in History," 28 June 2018 Sebastian Junger co-owns the Half King, an Irish pub and restaurant with a bookish bent. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Take a walk on New York's High Line from end-to-end," 2 July 2018 Kennedy is bookish and abstract, while Trump is earthy and direct. Adam Liptak And Maggie Haberman, BostonGlobe.com, "How the White House quietly worked to get Justice Kennedy to move aside," 29 June 2018 The bookish young Kennedy looked up to these charismatic figures, and a happy childhood with friends in the neighborhood offers a particular lens on his jurisprudence. Massimo Calabresi, Time, "With Justice Kennedy Gone, It's Trump's Court Now," 28 June 2018 Holden starts as a textbook Groff character: neat, bookish, pretty, an F.B.I. choirboy who becomes a teacher and researcher after a hostage situation goes wrong. K. Austin Collins, HWD, "Before Jonathan Groff Could Nail Mindhunter, He Had to Stop Smiling," 14 June 2018 Olivia is both bookish and feral, the kind of smart girl whose confusion has led to an adolescence filled with Allen Ginsberg and full-time pajamas. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: On the Road With Mom in ‘Miss You Like Hell’," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bookish

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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bookish

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bookish

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

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