Bookish Book"ish, a. 1. Given to reading; fond of study; better acquainted with books than with men; learned from books. ``A bookish man.'' --Addison. ``Bookish skill.'' --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster]

2. Characterized by a method of expression generally found in books; formal; labored; pedantic; as, a bookish way of talking; bookish sentences. [1913 Webster] -- {Book"ish*ly}, adv. -- {Book"ish*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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