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
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)
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