bookish bookish  /ˈbʊ kɪʃ/


  • (adj) characterized by diligent study and fondness for reading


  1. Not too rich, not too poor; not bookish, but not slow.
  2. If Flake's dialogue and plot lines seem real to her readers, it's because she draws on her inner-city experience and vivid memories as an insecure, bookish adolescent.
  3. He is the most thoroughly bookish man I have ever known, yet with none of the dust upon him that sets bookish men apart from the world.


  1. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”: Neil Gaiman returns

    In his first adult novel in eight years, the master of modern fantasy tells the story of a lonely, bookish boy        
    on June 17, 2013     Source:

  2. Antioch school library tech named district's Classified Employee of the Year

    ANTIOCH -- "Read her like a book." The idiom, with a slight pun intended, actually seems to suit Yvonne Lackey. Her passion for reading and all things bookish is clear -- making her a lovely fit for her role as library media tech at Antioch's Jack London Elementary.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Lamorinda Sun

  3. Holly-Good

    At first blush, Lindsay Good doesn’t come across as the model agent of Hollywood flash. Bookish and bespectacled, the Flathead Valley native is wry and humble, habituated more to the textured crush of an indie rock show or the couth confines of a museum than the glitz and glamor of a red carpet event. She is dear friends with the members of the band The Killers and joined them on the English ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Flathead Beacon


  1. "They have this word they like using; 'quasi, quasi, quasi'. But I tell them that this is expenditure that we need," President Mugabe said. "We are under sanctions and there is no room for the type of bookish economics we have at the Ministry...
    on Oct 4, 2008 By: Robert Mugabe Source: The Zimbabwe Standard

  2. Margaret loves to read and, as Smiley writes, "the natural thing would be that a bookish girl would teach school."
    on Jul 5, 2010 By: Jane Smiley Source:

  3. 300 star Gerard Butler says he was expecting to meet "this bookish geek who just lived comics."
    on Feb 24, 2009 By: Gerard Butler Source: USA Today

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