book·​ish | \ ˈbu̇-kish How to pronounce bookish (audio) \

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

Other Words from bookish

bookishly adverb
bookishness noun

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Examples of bookish in a Sentence

Their teacher was a bookish fellow. “fealty” is a bookish synonym for “loyalty”
Recent Examples on the Web Readers who adore fantasy, enjoy romance and relish being immersed in bookish worlds will love these videos. Jena Brown, Chron, 10 Nov. 2021 Its ingredients are a boxful of old letters stored in the attic of his house by a bookish and kindly uncle, his sudden death, and a niece who inherits the epistolary bounty. John Banville, The New York Review of Books, 23 Sep. 2021 For the Avid Readers If their idea of a great Friday night is snuggling up on the couch with a great book rather than raving in a club, these literary treats are perfect for the bookish duo. Vogue, 21 Oct. 2021 This bookish discount extends to Dec. 31, 2022, so make sure your booking date and stay dates are before then. Amelia Edelman, Travel + Leisure, 8 Oct. 2021 But in the world of Making a Murderer: The Musical, Dassey is a bookish, unassuming pop-folk tenor who can belt up to an A4. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 1 Oct. 2021 At the same time, Pessoa had already developed the bookish, contemplative, observational habits that would characterize his adult life. Damion Searls, The New Republic, 14 Sep. 2021 The Chair’s literary references and allusions reveal another layer of textual richness, from the bookish in-jokes to the literal books spotted throughout the series. Roxanne Fequiere, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021 Book lovers and aficionados will have the best bookish time at the Printers Row Lit Fest, the largest alfresco literary celebration in the Midwest. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of bookish

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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The first known use of bookish was in 1542

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14 Nov 2021

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“Bookish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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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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