• synonyms


See more synonyms for well-read on Thesaurus.com
  1. having read extensively (sometimes followed by in): well-read in oceanography.
Show More

Origin of well-read

First recorded in 1590–1600
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

educated, knowledgeable, bookish, studious, well-informed, literate, cultured, scholarly, versed

Examples from the Web for well-read

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

British Dictionary definitions for well-read


adjective (well read when postpositive)
  1. having read widely and intelligently; erudite
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for well-read


1590s, from well (adv.) + read (adj.).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper