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

Definition of bookworm

: a person unusually devoted to reading and study

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Snuggle together reading some books with your bookworm child. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 May 2021 Channel your inner bookworm with up to 80% off select popular reads on Kindle at Amazon. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, 5 Mar. 2021 According to avid readers, one of the best investments a bookworm can make is in a reading chair. Sian Babish,, 23 Feb. 2021 While Daphne Bridgerton, Prudence, and Phillipa are presented as beautiful, desirable brides, Penelope is given the bookworm treatment. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 27 Dec. 2020 Each girl traversed a unique path before ending up on the island; hyper-competitive athletes, a conservative beauty queen, a genius-level bookworm, and an amateur survivalist are just some of the personalities that make up the group. Ineye Komonibo,, 15 Dec. 2020 Troy is the school's hottest basketball player and Gabriella is the new girl who's also a bookworm. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, 10 Dec. 2020 SpearCraft Book Box delivers a new YA title every month, along with themed accessories for a complete bookworm experience. Naveen Kumar, CNN Underscored, 7 Dec. 2020 Much of the book’s power comes from its exploration of Lovato’s own wide-ranging life experiences, from child bookworm to teen vagrant to revolucionario to independent scholar and activist. Laura Weiss, The New Republic, 21 Oct. 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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2 Jun 2021

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“Bookworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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