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 Don't worry, though: The bookworm in your life is sure to appreciate any of these presents just as much as a new hardcover or paperback by their favorite author — maybe even more so. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 26 July 2022 The perfect reading accessory, this would be a practical and slightly unexpected gift or stocking stuffer for the senior bookworm in your life. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 3 June 2022 Any bookworm will adore this simple, yet sweet, gift. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 3 June 2022 As a teenager, the voracious bookworm became frustrated with the cumbersome, inadequate technology available to blind and visually impaired readers. Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2022 If your mom is a major bookworm who swears by reading tangible paper, this little light is for her (and will clip to an e-reader too). Sarah Madaus, SELF, 15 Apr. 2022 With access to true crime, romance, science fiction and more, your bookworm won't be able to contain his excitement. Annie O’sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 15 Apr. 2022 Both my husband and I are academicians, so a bookworm daughter didn’t seem a stretch. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 The most famous bookworm of them all, Oprah Winfrey, is receiving a literary honor for her work championing authors over the past quarter century. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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1 Aug 2022

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“Bookworm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of bookworm

: a person who reads a lot

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