- pertaining to or of the nature of books and writings, especially those classed as literature: literary history.
- pertaining to authorship: literary style.
- versed in or acquainted with literature; well-read.
- engaged in or having the profession of literature or writing: a literary man.
- characterized by an excessive or affected display of learning; stilted; pedantic.
- preferring books to actual experience; bookish.
Origin of literary
Examples from the Web for unliterary
Historical Examples of unliterary
Of all the literary men I have known he was the most unliterary in his make and manner.Literary Friends And Acquaintances
William Dean Howells
He had been reared in an environment as unliterary as Mark Twain's.A History of American Literature Since 1870
Fred Lewis Pattee
Of their doings (unliterary) some account will be found in the preceding pages.Abbotsford
W. S. Crockett
The unliterary words were ejected, it seemed, by a demon within.Angela's Business
Henry Sydnor Harrison
My unliterary environment has doubtless been best suited to me.Rambles with John Burroughs
Robert John De Loach
- of, relating to, concerned with, or characteristic of literature or scholarly writinga literary discussion; a literary style
- versed in or knowledgeable about literaturea literary man
- (of a word) formal; not colloquial
Word Origin for literary
1640s, "pertaining to alphabet letters," from French littéraire, from Latin literarius/litterarius "belonging to letters or learning," from littera/litera "letter" (see letter (n.1)). Meaning "pertaining to literature" is attested from 1737.