nounoften • derogatory
- An intellectual or literary woman: an uptight bluestocking who likes to dress as a man and write feminist philosophy I got an A-plus. I was a bluestocking [as modifier]: bluestocking womenMore example sentences
- Are book editors letting the good ones get away and, in the process, limiting their audience to literary bluestockings?
- The roll-call of celebrated women expanded from the traditional saints, queens, Biblical heroines and aristocratic savantes to include middle-class bluestockings, actresses and other non-elite prodigies.
- Both parties sign a contract setting out terms on which they insist, and men are presented with a variety of women from nymphomaniacs through bluestockings to homemakers.
late 17th century: originally used to describe a man wearing blue worsted (instead of formal black silk) stockings; extended to mean 'in informal dress'. Later the term denoted a person who attended the literary assemblies held (circa1750) by three London society ladies, where some of the men favoured less formal dress. The women who attended became known as blue-stocking ladies or blue-stockingers.
More definitions of bluestockingDefinition of bluestocking in:
- The US English dictionary