read·​er·​ly | \ ˈrē-dər-lē How to pronounce readerly (audio) \

Definition of readerly

: of, relating to, or typical of a reader

Examples of readerly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of readerly

1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Readerly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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