bookish

adjective book·ish \ ˈbu̇-kish \
|Updated on: 31 Jul 2018

Definition of bookish

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

  1. Their teacher was a bookish fellow.

  2. “fealty” is a bookish synonym for “loyalty”

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First Known Use of bookish

1542

in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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BOOKISH Defined for English Language Learners

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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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