- bookish ► ADJECTIVE 1) devoted to reading and studying. 2) (of language) literary in style.DERIVATIVES bookishly adverb bookishness noun.
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Bookish — Book ish, a. 1. Given to reading; fond of study; better acquainted with books than with men; learned from books. A bookish man. Addison. Bookish skill. Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] 2. Characterized by a method of expression generally found in books;… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
bookish — index learned Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
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 — [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 — 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… … Wiktionary
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