book·​worm | \ˈbu̇k-ˌwərm \

Definition of bookworm 

: a person unusually devoted to reading and study

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Synonyms for bookworm


grind, nerd

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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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Ross played sports and was known for hosting weekend parties, while Noa was a bookworm and senior class president. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside a Greenery-Filled Hawaiian Wedding—Where the Bridesmaids Wore Power Suits," 13 July 2018 And Kirjola and Battista are particularly entertaining as Kirjola plays the nerdy bookworm trying to flirt with the attractive actress. Mitchel Benson, sacbee, "‘Thanksgiving Play’ gone off the rails? That’s the genius in Capital Stage's comedy," 5 July 2018 The network also posted the top 100 list for perusal (and voting) while also offering a nifty PDF print-out for zealous bookworms. Rachel King, Fortune, "Book Clubs Are Really Having a Moment Right Now," 2 July 2018 As a bookworm, gamer, and nerd, Williams offers a different narrative from the timid male babygeeks who metamorphosize into adult jerks. Mary H.k. Choi, The Cut, "Jessica Williams Is Ready to Claim What’s Hers," 4 June 2018 Even nonhumans, such as bookworms (so called) and silverfish, that lurk around inside them are given consideration. John Glassie, New York Times, "Codices, Termites and Floral Notes: The Wondrous Life of ‘The Library’," 1 June 2018 Or #bookworm with 3 million tags is a good start for all things #bookish (620K mentions). Felicity Loughrey, Town & Country, "Why Instagram Is a Great Place for Bookworms," 13 Apr. 2016 Step aside jocks and cheerleaders, the bookworms are taking over prom this year. Sophie Cannon,, "Reader prom takes a novel approach to helping others," 14 Apr. 2018 This shop is just one of many new Chinese spaces catering to bookworms. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "This Chinese Bookshop With Amazing Design Is A Fairytale For Bookworms," 12 July 2016

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of bookworm

: a person who reads a lot

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playful or foolish behavior

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