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book learning

knowledge acquired by reading books, as distinguished from that obtained through observation and experience.
formal education:
She thought that common sense was just as important as book learning.
Origin of book learning
First recorded in 1580-90
Related forms
[boo k-lur-nid, -lurnd] /ˈbʊkˌlɜr nɪd, -ˌlɜrnd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Most of all I figures I need a heap of book learning, and it is books I wants for you to get me.

    'Smiles' Eliot H. Robinson
  • Our faith in the power of book learning is excessive and unfounded.


    William Graham Sumner
  • It is not book learning a lad requires to get on in this country.

    In the Rocky Mountains W. H. G. Kingston
  • But when it came to book learning, it was a different story.

    Nurse Heatherdale's Story Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • Of book learning Kitty had almost none, but she had native gifts.

    The Preacher of Cedar Mountain Ernest Thompson Seton
  • She would never think as lightly of book learning as he did.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • He had a first-rate corn-field education, but no book learning.

    The Underground Railroad William Still
  • But what book learning he obtained would never have made him a lawyer, not to say President.

    Men of Our Times Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • They are good girls, both, and as busy as they are good; in spare moments they come up here, and take to book learning.

  • Martial exercises occupied much of their attention, but book learning also they esteemed highly.

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