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Definition of "bookish" []

  • Of, relating to, or resembling a book. (adjective)
  • Fond of books; studious. (adjective)
  • Relying chiefly on book learning: took a bookish rather than a pragmatic approach in solving the problem. (adjective)
  • Pedantic; dull. See Synonyms at pedantic. (adjective)
  • Literary and formal in tone. Used of words. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bookish" in a sentence
  • "The work of narrative to pose a problem and then solve it with perfect closure is known as the rescuing function, and I guess that when we needed rescue, it was there in bookish form, even if not there abundantly in reality."
  • "March 16, 2006 18: 49 tuba: simon bookish is great. so are his remixes, esp the grizzly bear one, whom you all should really write about one of these days .... phiiliip's remix is fun too."
  • "Literature is no longer "bookish" -- but practical, social, propagandist."