Definition of bookish
1a : of or relating to booksb : fond of books and reading
2a : inclined to rely on book knowledgeb of words : literary and formal as opposed to colloquial and informalc : given to literary or scholarly pursuits; also : affectedly learned
Examples of bookish in a sentence
Their teacher was a bookish fellow.
<“fealty” is a bookish synonym for “loyalty”>
First Known Use of bookish
BOOKISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bookish for English Language Learners
: more interested in reading books and studying than doing more physical activities (such as sports)
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up bookish? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).