bookish


bookish
adjective /ˈbʊk.ɪʃ/
a) Given to reading; fond of study; better acquainted with books than with people; learned from books.

From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books. This bookish inclination at length determined my father to make me a printer, though he had already one son (James) of that profession.

b) Characterized by a method of expression generally found in books.

Obviously, neither Corneille nor the characters who laugh at excessively bookish speech avoid literary convention.


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  • bookish — 1560s, literary, from BOOK (Cf. book) (n.) + ISH (Cf. ish). In sense of overly studious it is recorded from 1590s …   Etymology dictionary

  • bookish — academic, scholastic, *pedantic …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • bookish — ► ADJECTIVE 1) devoted to reading and studying. 2) (of language) literary in style. DERIVATIVES bookishly adverb bookishness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • bookish — [book′ish] adj. 1. of or connected with books 2. inclined to read and study; literary; scholarly 3. having mere book learning 4. pedantic; stodgy bookishly adv. bookishness n …   English World dictionary

  • bookish — book|ish [ˈbukıʃ] adj someone who is bookish is more interested in reading and studying than in sports or other activities ▪ a shy bookish man …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bookish — adjective 1 someone who is bookish is more interested in reading and studying than in sports or other activities: Bill was the studious, bookish type 2 based on books rather than on practical experience …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bookish — [[t]b ʊkɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) Someone who is bookish spends a lot of time reading serious book. Syn: studious …   English dictionary

  • bookish — adjective Swann was always the bookish one in our group Syn: studious, scholarly, academic, intellectual, highbrow, erudite, learned, lettered, educated, well read, knowledgeable; cerebral, serious, earnest; pedantic …   Thesaurus of popular words