bookworm

[ boo k-wurm ]
/ ˈbʊkˌwɜrm /

noun

a person devoted to reading or studying.
any of various insects that feed on books, especially a booklouse.

Nearby words

  1. bookstall,
  2. bookstand,
  3. bookstore,
  4. booksy,
  5. bookwork,
  6. bool,
  7. boole,
  8. boole's inequality,
  9. boole, george,
  10. boolean

Origin of bookworm

First recorded in 1590–1600; book + worm

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British Dictionary definitions for bookworm

bookworm

/ (ˈbʊkˌwɜːm) /

noun

a person excessively devoted to studying or reading
any of various small insects that feed on the binding paste of books, esp the book louse
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Word Origin and History for bookworm

bookworm

n.

1590s (of people), 1855 of insects or maggots; there is no single species known by this name, which is applied to the anolium beetle, silverfishes, and book lice. See book (n.) + worm (n.).

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