Definitions

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  • adj. Of or pertaining to books; literary.
  • adj. Learned from books; bookish; by-the-book.

Etymologies

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From Middle English *bocli, from Old English bōclīċ ("of or belonging to a book, scientific, biblical, scriptural"), equivalent to book +‎ -ly. Cognate with Danish boglig ("bookish"), Swedish boklig ("bookish, literary").

Examples

  • As to bookly sequels: I think Rowling will stick to writing about anything else for at least a few years.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » More Harry Potter:

  • Then, last week, as I pondered my plight, I was saved by my lovely sister-in-law, she who works at the bookstore and provides wonderful bookly gifts like an advance reading copy of the novel it does have a name: Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, accompanied by a note saying that she saw it on the staff shelf at the bookstore, remembered that I loved Ayelet, and grabbed it for me.

    I Wish I Knew How to Quit You, Ayelet

  • A company called Delicious Monster has cooked up something for the Mac only right now called Delicious Library that lets you create virtual shelves filled your favorite bookly booty, CDs, and DVDs.

    Rambles at starchamber.com » Blog Archive » What’s on your bookshelf?

  • Presumably, it is not the mere presence of the books, shooting off their "bookly cosmic rays," that is the causal force which leads to children doing better on tests.

    Slashdot

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