Sheffield said he liked people to be natural, and hated that donnish manner.
He had known dons at Oxford, and placed Lady Latimer in the donnish caste: that was all.
He was stiff and donnish, and had scarcely condescended to speak to any one.
Never were dons of the donnish sort more brilliantly twitted than by young Belloc.
I do not know whether I am donnish with him, or if I bullied him too much when he was little; but he is always counter to me.
Some of Southeys donnish ways to the irrepressible lad were superlatively exasperating.
I thought that he was affecting the poet, and in me he found a donnish affectation of the British sportsman.
"Really, Miss Allison——" he began in his most dignified Oxford donnish manner.