book·​worm | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌwərm How to pronounce bookworm (audio) \

Definition of bookworm

: a person unusually devoted to reading and study

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She was always a bookworm when she was a kid. a bookworm who prefers reading to just about any other activity
Recent Examples on the Web Alden, a neurodiverse bookworm, resents Conrad’s seemingly effortless popularity, while Conrad, whose life is secretly falling apart, finds Alden standoffish and condescending. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: June romances embrace the inherent sexiness of faking it," 30 June 2020 The rapper and bookworm released the single Thursday. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "Noname's "Song 33" Speaks For Black Girls Who Matter And To The Men Who Ignore Them," 19 June 2020 This isn’t a particularly inventive story—a shy bookworm falls for the captain of the school basketball team, and the servants of the status quo try their best to thwart their romance. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "How to watch High School Musical," 12 Nov. 2019 Here are a few bookworms can check out on World Book Day and beyond. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Chat With a Famous Author or Listen to Drag Queen Storytime With Airbnb’s New Literary Experiences," 22 Apr. 2020 Hank Azaria has played dozens of Springfield’s absurd denizens on that long-running animated Fox comedy, including the surly bartender Moe, the inept lawman Chief Wiggum and the adenoidal bookworm Professor Frink. Dave Itzkoff, New York Times, "Why Hank Azaria Won’t Play Apu on ‘The Simpsons’ Anymore," 25 Feb. 2020 Matilda follows the story of a young bookworm prodigy mistreated by her ignorant parents. Kim Masters, Billboard, "'Matilda' Movie Based on Broadway Musical Coming to UK Theaters & Netflix," 28 Jan. 2020 Rory Gilmore is just a normal bookworm who has crushes, is hopelessly awkward, and has a seriously unique relationship with her mom. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "20 Best Teen TV Shows of All Time That You Need to Watch ASAP," 21 Feb. 2020 From graphic novels and memoirs to works of historical fiction—there are options for bookworms, reluctant readers and every kid in between. Time, "10 Children's Books to Read This Winter, Reviewed By Kids," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of bookworm

1580, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bookworm was in 1580

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7 Jul 2020

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“Bookworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bookworm

: a person who likes to read books and who spends a lot of time reading and studying


book·​worm | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌwərm How to pronounce bookworm (audio) \

Kids Definition of bookworm

: a person who reads a lot

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