stu·​di·​ous | \ ˈstü-dē-əs How to pronounce studious (audio) , 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Obama emails, and the studious purging of any reference to President Obama in the description of Clinton’s misconduct. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Impeachment and Amnesia," 8 Feb. 2020 The president encountered Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who is presiding over the Senate trial and seemed intent on maintaining a studious neutral expression during their brief exchange. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Assured of Acquittal, Trump Makes Case for a Second Term," 5 Feb. 2020 The studious quiet of the Niles-Maine District library building was briefly broken Oct. 16 by loud protests over the library board’s approval of a slight increase in the district’s property tax levy. George Castle,, "Protests greet Niles-Maine Library board’s decision to raise tax levy slightly," 19 Oct. 2019 Eduardo and his wife approach Jacinta to have the studious young Salvador write a letter for him. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Pedro Almodóvar’s Stifled “Pain and Glory”," 10 Oct. 2019 Beanie also played studious senior Molly in this summer’s ebullient and tender Booksmart, a last-gasp-of-high-school buddy movie directed by Olivia Wilde. Nona Willis Aronowitz, Teen Vogue, "Beanie Feldstein on Playing Teens, Besties, and Falling in Love," 1 Oct. 2019 This studious avoidance of politics made Hong Kong an anachronism, out of step with the independence and liberation movements that swept through Africa and Asia in the 1950s and 1960s and the Cold War tensions that dominated the 1970s and 1980s. Jonathan Kaufman,, "Are Hong Kong protests a preview of China’s uncertain future?," 6 Sep. 2019 But his outlook began to change after meeting a studious-looking boy wearing glasses with good size for his age. Scott Talley, Detroit Free Press, "Garrett Street started a Detroit baseball program from scratch to help kids," 13 July 2019 Slightly built and studious, Ms. Hutchins initially identified as a gay man. Ben Widdicombe, New York Times, "Sophia Hutchins Isn’t Dating Caitlyn Jenner," 14 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of studious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Studious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce studious (audio) , ˈstyü- \

Kids Definition of studious

: very serious about studying a studious child

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studiously adverb

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