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[stoo-dee-uh s, styoo-] /ˈstu di əs, ˈstyu-/
disposed or given to diligent study:
a studious boy.
concerned with, characterized by, or pertaining to study:
studious tastes.
zealous, assiduous, or painstaking:
studious care.
carefully planned or maintained; studied:
a studious program to maintain peace.
devoted to or favorable for study.
Origin of studious
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin studiōsus, equivalent to studi(um) (see study) + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
studiously, adverb
studiousness, noun
nonstudious, adjective
nonstudiously, adverb
nonstudiousness, noun
overstudious, adjective
overstudiously, adverb
overstudiousness, noun
prestudious, adjective
prestudiously, adverb
prestudiousness, noun
pseudostudious, adjective
pseudostudiously, adverb
quasi-studious, adjective
quasi-studiously, adverb
unstudious, adjective
unstudiously, adverb
unstudiousness, noun Unabridged
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  • Mrs. Standish was studious in her avoidance of him without appearance of open slight.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • He was, to the eyes of men, studious and holy as an anchorite.

  • And from that time the University became sober, modest, and studious as perhaps any in Europe.

    From a Cornish Window Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Yet he was seen to be not only a studious man, but a melancholy one.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • All studious youths are aware of this tendency to congestion of the brain.

    The Growth of a Soul August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for studious


given to study
of a serious, thoughtful, and hard-working character
showing deliberation, care, or precision
Derived Forms
studiously, adverb
studiousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin studiōsus devoted to, from studium assiduity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for studious

mid-14c. (implied in studiously), from Latin studiosus, from studium (see study). Related: Studiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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