What does bookish mean?

bookish meaning in General Dictionary

directed at reading fond of research better acquainted with books than with guys discovered from publications

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  • 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.

bookish meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1560s, "literary," from guide (n.) + -ish. In feeling of "overly studious" it is recorded from 1590s. Associated: Bookishly; bookishness.


bookish meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Provided to reading; partial to research; better acquainted with publications than with men; learned from publications.

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  • (a.) Characterized by an approach of expression generally speaking present in books; formal; labored; pedantic; since, a bookish means of talking; bookish sentences.

Sentence Examples with the word bookish

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.

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