stu·​di·​ous | \ ˈstü-dē-əs , ˈstyü-\

Definition of studious

1 : assiduous in the pursuit of learning
2a : of, relating to, or concerned with study studious habits
b : favorable to study a studious environment
3a : diligent or earnest in intent made a studious effort
b : marked by or suggesting purposefulness or diligence a studious expression on his face
c : deliberately or consciously planned studious avoidance of gender-specific pronouns

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Other Words from studious

studiously adverb
studiousness noun

Examples of studious in a Sentence

He made a studious effort to obey the rules.

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Played with willowy fragility by Elle Fanning, Mary is an imaginative 16-year-old enamored of ghost stories and constrained by her studious father and conniving stepmother. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Author biopic ‘Mary Shelley’ is simply ordinary," 7 June 2018 Reflecting a studious approach, the platform gained from his greatest day in soccer was used to deliver several powerful messages on Saturday. Rob Harris,, "After so much humiliation, England's World Cup team a source of national pride," 7 July 2018 The lyrics themselves aren’t particularly notable, but Ty’s vocal tics reveal a penchant for studious melodrama. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Ty Dolla $ign Isn’t Just a Feature Artist, He’s a Star," 2 July 2018 Pierre, the more studious brother, earned a diploma from Waller High School (the present-day Lincoln Park High School) at 15, and an associate degree at 17. Daniel De Vise, Chicago Reader, "How two Belgian boys became the youngest kids to bike across the U.S.—in 1935," 21 June 2018 Image The pianist Dave Burrell sat onstage at Roulette on Wednesday, his sizable frame stooped over the keyboard with a combination of studious grace and earnest fascination. New York Times, "Jazz Giants Dave Burrell and Archie Shepp Retrace Their Five-Decade History," 25 May 2018 People born into an East Asian body are, like myself, often expected to fit into a narrow mold — of being intensely feminine, thin, studious, and youthful. Rae Chen, Teen Vogue, "How to Stop Fetishizing My Chinese Identity," 28 June 2018 Some of his classmates from Vineland High School are there, the ones who called him Bill and remember Cunningham as a studious football player who went on to the Ivy League. Amy S. Rosenberg,, "A female Navy pilot, a pro-gun dentist, the guy Christie told to shut up: New Jersey on national stage in Tuesday's primary," 1 June 2018 Middle sister Kyung Soon was quiet and studious and therefore was being raised to be a scientist like her father. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Most Best Happy Korean Bright Star" by Michelle Massie," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of studious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of studious

: very serious about studying, reading, learning, etc.
: very careful and serious


stu·​di·​ous | \ ˈstü-dē-əs , ˈstyü-\

Kids Definition of studious

: very serious about studying a studious child

Other Words from studious

studiously adverb

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