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book learning

knowledge acquired by reading books, as distinguished from that obtained through observation and experience.
formal education:
She thought that common sense was just as important as book learning.
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[boo k-lur-nid, -lurnd] /ˈbʊkˌlɜr nɪd, -ˌlɜrnd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Let us read it out for the benefit of the company, who have not book-learning enough to decipher it for themselves.

    Sir Christopher Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • Certainly the old contempt for "book-learning" is dying out.

    Change in the Village (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
  • Life in China is not wholly made up of book-learning and commerce.

    The Civilization Of China Herbert A. Giles
  • Sports should be as carefully looked to in early education as book-learning.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • Flanders had been the home of book-learning in very early times.

    The Great Book-Collectors Charles Isaac Elton and Mary Augusta Elton
  • But Beach had no fondness for book-learning or fine clothes.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • It's a shame to see a gentleman with your book-learning, and good gifts, wasting the advantages God has given him.

    That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 2(of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • I dont pretend to have any book-learning; Im a practical man, and its not required.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • book-learning” has always been derided more or less by so-called “practical men”.

    A Librarian's Open Shelf Arthur E. Bostwick
  • The book-learning is far more valuable when supplemented by practice.

    Riding and Driving Edward L. Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for book-learning


knowledge gained from books rather than from direct personal experience
formal education
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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