book·​man ˈbu̇k-mən How to pronounce bookman (audio)
: a person who has a love of books and especially of reading
: 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 In the 1970s and ’80s, a flamboyant Texas bookman and one-time president of the ABAA named John Jenkins made money selling stolen and forged items to libraries and collectors. Travis McDade, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2020 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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Word History

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bookman was in 1583

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Cite this Entry

“Bookman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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