book·​worm ˈbu̇k-ˌwərm How to pronounce bookworm (audio)
: a person unusually devoted to reading and study

Examples of bookworm in a Sentence

She was always a bookworm when she was a kid. a bookworm who prefers reading to just about any other activity
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Word History

First Known Use

1580, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bookworm was in 1580

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“Bookworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


book·​worm -ˌwərm How to pronounce bookworm (audio)
: any of various insect larvae that feed on the binding and paste of books
: a person devoted to reading or study

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