American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who spends much time reading or studying.
- n. Any of various insects, especially booklice and silverfish, that infest books and feed on the paste in the bindings.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given to the larvæ of various insects, which gnaw and injure books, but particularly to those of two species of small beetles, Anobium (Sitodrepa) paniceum and Ptinus brunneus, belonging to the family Ptinidæ. They infest old, unused books, working chiefly in the leather binding, but also riddling the leaves with small holes. The larvæ of both species are closely similar, being cylindrical and curved like those of snout-beetles, but furnished with well-developed legs, and with rather long, sparse pubescence. In the imago state, however, the species are readily distinguished, P. brunneus being much more slender in every respect than A. paniceum.
- n. A person closely addicted to study; one devoted to the reading of or to research in books: as, “these poring book-worms,” Tatler, No. 278.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any larva of a beetle or moth, which is injurious to books. Many species are known.
- n. A student closely attached to books or addicted to study; a reader without appreciation.
- n. a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit
- n. someone who spends a great deal of time reading
- book + worm (Wiktionary)
“And I was a bookworm from the very beginning and to this day.”
“The Kartell bookworm is my favourite, and is actually something I can afford!”
“I guess the best I can do as a bookworm is to try and be a green bookworm.”
“But the process of becoming a bookworm is insiduous.”
“It does give a whole new meaning to the word bookworm though.”
“It is frequently supposed that the insect, known as the bookworm, is a great enemy to books.”
“Probably, therefore, the custodians of their old libraries could tell a different tale, which makes it all the more amusing to find in the excellent ` ` Encyclopædia of Printing, '' 6.2 edited and printed by Ringwalt, at Philadelphia, not only that the bookworm is a stranger there, for personally he is unknown to most of us, but that his slightest ravages are looked upon as both curious and rare.”
“Your bookworm is a shy, lazy beast, and takes a day or two to recover his appetite after being ` ` evicted. '”
“Ringwalt, at Philadelphia, not only that the bookworm is a stranger there, for personally he is unknown to most of us, but that his slightest ravages are looked upon as both curious and rare.”
“Your bookworm is a shy, lazy beast, and takes a day or two to recover his appetite after being "evicted.”
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