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book +‎ -ish

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈbʊk.ɪʃ/
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bookish (comparative more bookish, superlative most bookish)

  1. Fond of reading or studying, especially said of someone lacking social skills as a result
    • 1783, Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, page 16:
      From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books. [] This bookish inclination at length determined my father to make me a printer, though he had already one son (James) of that profession.
  2. Characterized by a method of expression generally found in books.
    • 1996, Helen L. Harrison, Pistoles/Paroles: Money and Language in Seventeenth-century French Comedy‎, page 50:
      Obviously, neither Corneille nor the characters who laugh at excessively bookish speech avoid literary convention.

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