[ US /ˈbʊkɪʃ/ ]
[ UK /bˈʊkɪʃ/ ]
  1. characterized by diligent study and fondness for reading
    a bookish farmer who always had a book in his pocket
    a quiet studious child
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How To Use bookish In A Sentence

  • Literature is no longer "bookish" -- but practical, social, propagandist. Studies in Early Victorian Literature
  • He's maybe late forties, early fifties, bookish, greying, bespectacled, wispy - perhaps an academic.
  • John was my ideal: the unbookish bookman.
  • Also like The Hours, which reworked Virginia Woolf, this narrative triplex is built on a bookish foundation: the poetry and ontology of Walt Whitman. New Fiction
  • Received a hottish email from Jacqueline Bartlett of the St. Martins Booktown Initiative informing me that her Shipbuilding and Fishing village’s claim to bookishness is anything but bogus. St. Martins, New Brunswick Booktown: The Real Thing
  • Jenny was bookish; the only young man capable to follow her train of thought was Michael - with whom Jenny often engaged in heated debates about philosophy and boring books.
  • His lifelong innate bookishness is barely noticed. Barbara Probst Solomon: Larry Rivers After Crossing His Delaware
  • His role is essential, as he's the counterpoint to the bookish and serious Ernesto, and it would be easy to overplay the oversexed Alberto.
  • All the witches who'd lived in her cottage were bookish types.
  • Earlier monolingual dictionaries were mainly concerned with ‘hard’ words: the bookish, Latinate, and technical vocabulary of Renaissance English.
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