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bookish (adj.)

1560s, "given to reading, fond of books," from book (n.) + -ish. From 1590s in the sense of "overly studious, acquainted with books only." Related: Bookishly; bookishness.

updated on July 09, 2017

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Definitions of bookish from WordNet

bookish (adj.)
characterized by diligent study and fondness for reading;
a bookish farmer who always had a book in his pocket
Synonyms: studious
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