un·​book·​ish ˌən-ˈbu̇-kish How to pronounce unbookish (audio)
: not having or showing literary or intellectual interests : not bookish
an unbookish young man
unbookish pursuits
also : unlearned
And his unbookish jealousy must construe poor Cassio's smiles, gestures, and light behavior quite in the wrong. William Shakespeare

Examples of unbookish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His parents, Evan Sr. and Elton, were members in good standing of the stolid upper middle class, active in community affairs, anti-intellectual and unbookish. Marc Weingarten, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unbookish was circa 1616

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“Unbookish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbookish. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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