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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Given to, characterized by, or resulting from the habitual reading of books; studious.
  • adjective Relying chiefly on book learning rather than practical experience; impractical or unworldly.
  • adjective Literary, formal, or erudite. Used of language.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective characterized by diligent study and fondness for reading

Etymologies

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book +‎ -ish

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