resembling or characteristic of a university don; bookish; pedantic.

Origin of donnish

First recorded in 1825–35; don1 + -ish1
Related formsdon·nish·ly, adverbdon·nish·ness, noundon·nism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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of or resembling a university don
Derived Formsdonnishly, adverbdonnishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for donnish

1835, from don (n.) in the university sense + -ish. Related: Donnishness.

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