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[boo k-wurm] /ˈbʊkˌwɜrm/
a person devoted to reading or studying.
any of various insects that feed on books, especially a booklouse.
Origin of bookworm
1590-1600; book + worm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for bookworm
  • The site is free, and hundreds of bookworm lonely-hearts have already signed up.
  • In so many motion pictures does brawn get the break over brain that it is indeed encouraging when the bookworm finally turns.
  • Everything he does is so silly that one can't possibly look upon him as a bookworm.
  • It doesn't even have anything to do with whether you're a bookworm or a nerd or a geek.
British Dictionary definitions for bookworm


a person excessively devoted to studying or reading
any of various small insects that feed on the binding paste of books, esp the book louse
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bookworm

1590s (of people), 1855 of insects or maggots; there is no single species known by this name, which is applied to the anolium beetle, silverfishes, and book lice. See book (n.) + worm (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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