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[bib-lee-oh-mey-nee-uh, -meyn-yuh] /ˌbɪb li oʊˈmeɪ ni ə, -ˈmeɪn yə/
excessive fondness for acquiring and possessing books.
Origin of bibliomania
1725-35; biblio- + -mania; replacing earlier bibliomanie < French
Related forms
[bib-lee-oh-mey-nee-ak] /ˌbɪb li oʊˈmeɪ niˌæk/ (Show IPA),
[bib-lee-oh-muh-nahy-uh-kuh l] /ˌbɪb li oʊ məˈnaɪ ə kəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for bibliomaniac
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  • It was only in this brief later period that he was a "bibliomaniac" or a lover of Horace or a student of the old English ballads.

  • His book had selected the bibliomaniac Faustinus as a patron.

    The Care of Books John Willis Clark
  • "Yes, a little; but it didn't amount to much," returned the bibliomaniac.

    Coffee and Repartee John Kendrick Bangs
  • But it is time to gratify the bibliomaniac with something more to his palate.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • In addition to the title of a poet, Canute has also received the appellation of a bibliomaniac.

    Bibliomania in the Middle Ages Frederick Somner Merryweather
  • Well, there is no arguing with such a bibliomaniac as yourself, Lorenzo.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  • "You certainly have good business sense," put in the bibliomaniac.

    The Inventions of the Idiot John Kendrick Bangs
  • If a man spends lavishly on his library, you call him mad—a bibliomaniac.

  • "That must have been what the bibliomaniac had taken," he added, turning to the genial gentleman who occasionally imbibed.

    The Idiot John Kendrick Bangs
  • "We are getting back to the common-sense again," said the bibliomaniac.

    The Inventions of the Idiot John Kendrick Bangs
British Dictionary definitions for bibliomaniac


extreme fondness for books
Derived Forms
bibliomaniac, noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bibliomaniac

1816; see bibliomania.

A bibliomaniac must be carefully distinguished from a bibliophile. The latter has not yet freed himself from the idea that books are meant to be read. [Walsh]



1734, after French bibliomanie, from biblio- + mania.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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