resembling or characteristic of a university don; bookish; pedantic.

1825–35; don1 + -ish1

donnishly, adverb
donnishness, noun
donnism, noun Unabridged
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donnish (ˈdɒnɪʃ)
of or resembling a university don

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And such is his air of donnish authority that not even baldness has dared to challenge him publicly.
The donnish barb was understandable, but quite wrong.
His is the voice of authority, of donnish pronouncement.
Not to put too fine a point on it, they contained some good examples of donnish wit.
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