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 Enjoying the genius of Lem requires readerly dexterity and a willingness to go wherever the author takes you. Scott Bradfield, Washington Post, "Stanislaw Lem has finally gotten the translations his genius deserves," 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, "‘The Man in the Red Coat,’ by Julian Barnes: An Excerpt," 18 Feb. 2020 To ascertain meaning from such powerfully ambiguous novels requires a measure of readerly improvisation. Dustin Illingworth,, "Elusive leaps of grace and daring: Rachel Cusk's 'Kudos'," 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 9 Aug. 2020.

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