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bookish

[boo k-ish] /ˈbʊk ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
given or devoted to reading or study.
2.
more acquainted with books than with real life.
3.
of or relating to books; literary.
4.
stilted; pedantic.
Origin of bookish
1560-1570
1560-70; book + -ish1
Related forms
bookishly, adverb
bookishness, noun
nonbookish, adjective
nonbookishly, adverb
nonbookishness, noun
overbookish, adjective
overbookishly, adverb
overbookishness, noun
unbookish, adjective
unbookishly, adverb
unbookishness, noun
Synonyms
4. academic, scholastic.
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  • Most of the answers to the first question were vague, one-sided, “verbal,” or  bookish.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
  • He's vulgar and hysterical and bookish, but don't think that sums him up.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • Little by little they became distinct so that I attempted to classify them in a crude and bookish way.

  • Your minds are not your own, but the patches of other people's bookish duds.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • It has the defect which is common to all the educational systems which we have inherited--it is too bookish, too little practical.

    Science and Education Thomas H. Huxley
British Dictionary definitions for bookish

bookish

/ˈbʊkɪʃ/
adjective
1.
fond of reading; studious
2.
consisting of or forming opinions or attitudes through reading rather than direct personal experience; academic: a bookish view of life
3.
of or relating to books: a bookish career in publishing
Derived Forms
bookishly, adverb
bookishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bookish
adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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