read·​er·​ly ˈrē-dər-lē How to pronounce readerly (audio)
: of, relating to, or typical of a reader

Examples of readerly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Zink, like Batuman, is unwilling to construct an elaborate plot for the purposes of readerly satisfaction—surely a laudable resistance. Matthew Gavin Frank, Harper's Magazine, 12 Apr. 2022 But then the readerly culture that embraced her male contemporaries—such as Lord Dunsany and James Branch Cabell—didn’t really grant her much attention, either. Scott Bradfield, The New Republic, 28 Aug. 2020 Enjoying the genius of Lem requires readerly dexterity and a willingness to go wherever the author takes you. Scott Bradfield, Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2020 However, a rare and unenviable fate was already beginning to close in on the Count: that of being confused in the public mind—or at least the readerly mind—with an alter ego. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2020 To ascertain meaning from such powerfully ambiguous novels requires a measure of readerly improvisation. Dustin Illingworth,, 31 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of readerly was in 1959

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“Readerly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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