directed at reading fond of research better acquainted with books than with guys discovered from publications
- characterized by conscientious study and fondness for reading
- provided to reading; fond of study; better acquainted with books than with guys; learned from publications.
- Characterized by a technique of appearance generally speaking found in books; formal; labored; pedantic; as, a bookish way of chatting; bookish phrases.
1560s, "literary," from guide (n.) + -ish. In feeling of "overly studious" it is recorded from 1590s. Associated: Bookishly; bookishness.
(a.) Provided to reading; partial to research; better acquainted with publications than with men; learned from publications.
- (a.) Characterized by an approach of expression generally speaking present in books; formal; labored; pedantic; since, a bookish means of talking; bookish sentences.
He himself did not yet know what he would say, but he began to speak eagerly, occasionally lapsing into French or expressing himself in bookish Russian.