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”
Recent Examples of bookish from the Web
Despite growing up in a ratty Panama City slum riddled by prostitution, drunkenness and random acts of violence, Noriega had a surprisingly bookish bent and graduated from the country’s best public high school.
Mattis grew up in Richland, Washington, in a bookish household without a television set.
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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)
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