bookish

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adjective book·ish \ˈbu̇-kish\

Definition of bookish

  1. 1a :  of or relating to booksb :  fond of books and reading

  2. 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

bookishly

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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

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BOOKISH Defined for English Language Learners

bookish

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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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