Definition of Bookish

1. Adjective. Characterized by diligent study and fondness for reading. "A quiet studious child"

Exact synonyms: Studious
Similar to: Scholarly
Derivative terms: Bookishness, Studiousness, Study



Definition of Bookish

1. a. Given to reading; fond of study; better acquainted with books than with men; learned from books.

Definition of Bookish

1. Adjective. Given to reading; fond of study; better acquainted with books than with people; learned from books. ¹

2. Adjective. Characterized by a method of expression generally found in books. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bookish

1. pertaining to books [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bookish

bookholder
bookholders
bookhood
bookhound
bookhounds
bookhouse
bookhouses
bookie
bookier
bookies
bookiest
booking
booking agent
booking clerk
bookings
bookish (current term)
bookishly
bookishness
bookishnesses
bookjacket
bookjackets
bookkeep
bookkeeper
bookkeepers
bookkeeping
bookkeepings
bookkeeps
bookkept
bookland
booklands

Literary usage of Bookish

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1. The American Rural School, Its Characteristics, Its Future and Its Problems by Harold Waldstein Foght (1910)
"Our School Work too Formal and bookish. — All our school work has been too formal and bookish. We have all along relied too much on text-books to the ..."

2. The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster (1874)
"Dickens not a bookish Man—Character of his Talk—Dickens made to tell his Own Story—Lord Russell on Dickens's Letters—No Self- conceit in Dickens—Letter to ..."

3. Beginnings of Rhetoric and Composition: Including Practical Exercises in English by Adams Sherman Hill (1902)
"bookish OR LIVING WORDS? A young writer sometimes loads his compositions with ... bookish words, bad enough in themselves, become far worse when used by one ..."

4. A Monograph on Privately-illustrated Books: A Plea for Bibliomania by Daniel Melancthon Tredwell (1881)
"It is a cynical and mischievous little book.1 Its missiles of sarcasm are constantly discharged at men with bookish cravings, and a whining and 1A criticism ..."

5. On the Study of Celtic Literature ; And, On Translating Homer by Matthew Arnold (1883)
"that was not too bookish an expression to be used in rendering Homer, as I can imagine Mr. Newman to have been a little in doubt whether his " responsively ..."

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