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
book + -ish (Wiktionary)