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

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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, "Larry McMurtry, author of ‘Lonesome Dove’ and ‘The Last Picture Show,’ dies," 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, "Why the U.S. Sent Librarians Undercover to Gather Intelligence During World War II," 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, "Turn Up the Volumes," 6 Dec. 2013

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First Known Use of bookman

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Apr 2021

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“Bookman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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