donnish

adjective
don·​nish | \ ˈdä-nish How to pronounce donnish (audio) \

Definition of donnish

: of, relating to, or characteristic of a university don

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Other Words from donnish

donnishly adverb
donnishness noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Much of it is donnish intellectual history, full of interesting but digressive discussions. Jeffrey Collins, WSJ, "‘Power, Pleasure, and Profit’ Review: Self-Mastery Versus Self-Interest," 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of donnish

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Donnish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/donnish. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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donnish

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English Language Learners Definition of donnish

chiefly British : like a typical don (sense 1)

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