book·​man | \ ˈbu̇k-mən How to pronounce bookman (audio) \

Definition of bookman

1 : a person who has a love of books and especially of reading
2 : a person who is involved in the writing, publishing, or selling of books

Examples of bookman in a Sentence

a bookman since toddlerhood, he's never shown much interest in television or video games
Recent Examples on the Web Once asked to describe himself, McMurtry called himself a writer, a screenwriter — and perhaps most significantly, a bookman. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 As bookmen and women became intelligence agents, the ordinary activities of librarianship—acquisition, cataloguing, and reproduction—became fraught with mystery, uncertainty, and even danger. Time, 3 Jan. 2020 Books would come in monthly, 10 or 15 at a time, carefully packed as only a bookman can pack books, and Dimunation would open them, eager for the riches inside. Jorge Dionis, Town & Country, 6 Dec. 2013

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First Known Use of bookman

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bookman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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