Definition of bookish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝okiSH/


1(Of a person or way of life) devoted to reading and studying rather than worldly interests: by comparison I was very bookish, intellectual, and wordy in a wrong way
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  • Almost all the topics of conversation were foreign to me, but then I came from a bookish family and was studying philosophy, French, and classics at university.
  • They were readers of newspapers and periodicals, they were eternal students in the best sense, they were bookish people.
  • By the 1941 Christmas season, the bookish technician got wind of an outlandish project to determine if ethnicity was a factor in the flying business.
1.1(Of language or writing) literary in style or allusion: long bookish scholarship a bookish but eloquent erotic memoir
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  • Actually, I find the candidates a bit adorably nerdy when they lapse into this kind of bookish vocabulary.
  • It's movie dialogue, to be sure - no one, especially the sort of low-life characters they tend to write, speaks with such mellifluous, bookish vocabulary.
  • Sealed in their Gaelic oral tradition, the Highlanders themselves had little need of a bookish literature, but two great writers were to make them a topic of universal human interest.



Example sentences
  • Giving me exposure, a whole new perspective, equipped me for life, changed my value system, made me look at life realistically, not bookishly.
  • Lorenzo is a bookishly handsome, well-dressed professional with style, grace, and sex appeal.
  • Now and then, it's nice to think that they will go for something a little less formal and bookishly precise.


Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝okiSHnəs/
Example sentences
  • My awkward bookishness could be overcome in that environment through being rather regularly and publicly recognised for achievements in creative writing, drama, public speaking and debating.
  • It came as a result of the combination of your bookishness, fertile imagination and love for typography.
  • There is no help and no escape for any of us in a story that can't escape its own bookishness.

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Syllabification: book·ish

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