bookish

adjective

book·​ish ˈbu̇-kish How to pronounce bookish (audio)
1
a
: of or relating to books
b
: fond of books and reading
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

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

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of bookish was in 1542

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“Bookish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bookish. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

bookish

adjective
book·​ish ˈbu̇k-ish How to pronounce bookish (audio)
1
: fond of reading
2
: tending to rely on knowledge from books rather than practical experience
3
: resembling the language of books : formal
bookishly adverb
bookishness noun

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