- a woman with considerable scholarly, literary, or intellectual ability or interest.
- a member of a mid-18th-century London literary circle: Lady Montagu was a celebrated bluestocking.
Origin of bluestocking
Related Words for bluestockingeducated, erudite, knowledgeable, literate, polite, sophisticated, accomplished, civilized, genteel, cultivated, enlightened, urbane, intelligent, refined, tolerant, polished, versed, informed, traveled, lettered
Examples from the Web for bluestocking
Historical Examples of bluestocking
The don and the bluestocking have to live, so have the cowboy and the cook.Race Improvement : or, Eugenics : a Little Book on a Great Subject
La Reine Helen Baker
"Men do so hate a bluestocking," she said once pensively to her friend Emily.Why Joan?
Eleanor Mercein Kelly
Dear Bluestocking, you really are— murmured the Gentle Lady.Modern marriage and how to bear it
Maud Churton Braby
This was the most brilliant moment in the public career of our bluestocking.Some Diversions of a Man of Letters
Edmund William Gosse
I am not going to caricature a bluestocking, but to point out one or two real dangers.Three Addresses to Girls at School
James Maurice Wilson
- usually derogatory a scholarly or intellectual woman
Word Origin for bluestocking
also blue-stocking, 1790, derisive word for a woman considered too learned, traces to a London literary salon founded c.1750 by Elizabeth Montagu on the Parisian model, featuring intellectual discussion instead of card games, and in place of ostentatious evening attire, simple dress, including Benjamin Stillingfleet's blue-gray tradesman's hose which he wore in place of gentleman's black silk, hence the term, first applied in derision to the whole set by Admiral Boscawen. None of the ladies wore blue stockings. Borrowed by the neighbors in loan-translations, cf. French bas-bleu, Dutch blauwkous, German Blaustrumpf.