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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling a book.
  • adj. Fond of books; studious.
  • adj. Relying chiefly on book learning: took a bookish rather than a pragmatic approach in solving the problem.
  • adj. Pedantic; dull. See Synonyms at pedantic.
  • adj. Literary and formal in tone. Used of words.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Given to reading; fond of study; better acquainted with books than with people; learned from books.
  • adj. Characterized by a method of expression generally found in books.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Given to reading; fond of study; better acquainted with books than with men; learned from books.
  • adj. Characterized by a method of expression generally found in books; formal; labored; pedantic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to books; literary: as, “bookish skill,”
  • Given to reading; fond of study; hence, more acquainted with books than with men; familiar with books, but not with practical life: as, “a bookish man,”
  • Learned; stilted; pedantic: applied either to individuals or to diction: as, a bookish expression.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characterized by diligent study and fondness for reading

Etymologies

book +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)

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