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bookish

[ book-ish ]
/ ˈbʊk ɪʃ /
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adjective

given or devoted to reading or study.
more acquainted with books than with real life.
of or relating to books; literary.
stilted; pedantic.

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Origin of bookish

First recorded in 1560–70; book + -ish1
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British Dictionary definitions for bookish

bookish
/ (ˈbʊkɪʃ) /

adjective

fond of reading; studious
consisting of or forming opinions or attitudes through reading rather than direct personal experience; academica bookish view of life
of or relating to booksa bookish career in publishing
bookishly, adverbbookishness, noun
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