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  • adj. Versed in books; having knowledge derived from books.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Versed in books; having knowledge derived from books.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Versed in books; acquainted with books and literature; hence, better acquainted with books than with men and the common concerns of life; bookish.


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  • Just because we have educated our younger people does not make them wiser, just more book-learned.

    CNN Poll: Americans split on Obama's health care proposals

  • I'm not book-learned enough to say with historic certainty that America pioneered the use of the minor-celebrity endorsement.

    The Pork Endorsement

  • I know the heathen, and their oppressors, pretty well, you see, and the folly of sitting smug in judgment years after, stuffed with piety and ignorance and book-learned bias.


  • As she grew, which she did rapidly, she became smart in the way that beautiful young rich girls often are, book-learned but naïve.

    Beautiful Ape Girl Baby

  • One of these men, Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins), happens to be an emotionally remote billionaire with a vast store of book-learned knowledge -- such as how to make a compass out of a leaf and a paper clip, and how to make fire out of ice.

    Sex And The Single Bear

  • The transformation of sentiment into self-seeking, ordinarily slow, tortuous, and veiled by hypocrisy in better educated people, was swift and direct in the old “bear,” who demonstrated the superiority of shrewd tipple-ography over book-learned typography.

    Two Poets

  • Hence, the book-learned class, who value books, as such; not as related to nature and the human constitution, but as making a sort of Third

    The American Scholar

  • I do not talk it well: but as I am not an Italian, and little more than book-learned in it (for it is a long time ago since I lost my grandfather, who used to converse with me in it, and in French) I was not scrupulous to answer in it.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • The objection that I have to book-learned Spanish is that the present tense is invariably taught first.

    learning Spanish

  • Chas, more book-learned and considerably to the left of us (which figured, him being a squid), was openly questioning the credentials of our president -- especially some loose-cannon Texan -- taking us to war when, unlike the four of us, he himself had never seen combat.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine


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