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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Given to diligent study: a quiet, studious child.
  • adj. Conducive to study.
  • adj. Marked by steady attention and effort; assiduous: made a studious attempt to fix the television set.
  • adj. Giving or evincing careful regard; heedful: "The major . . . was very studious of his appearance” ( H.E. Bates).
  • adj. Deliberate; contrived.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Given to thought, or to the examination of subjects by contemplation; contemplative.
  • adj. Given to study; devoted to the acquisition of knowledge from books; as, a studious scholar.
  • adj. Earnest in endeavors; aiming sedulously; attentive; observant; diligent; -- usually followed by an infinitive or by of; as, be studious to please; studious to find new friends and allies.
  • adj. Planned with study; deliberate; studied.
  • adj. Favorable to study; suitable for thought and contemplation; as, the studious shade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Given to study; devoted to the acquisition of knowledge from books.
  • adj. Given to thought, or to the examination of subjects by contemplation; contemplative.
  • adj. Earnest in endeavors; aiming sedulously; attentive; observant; diligent; -- usually followed by an infinitive or by of.
  • adj. Planned with study; deliberate; studied.
  • adj. Favorable to study; suitable for thought and contemplation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Given to study or learning; inclined to learn or investigate; seeking knowledge from books, inquiry, meditation, or by other means: as, a studious pupil or investigator; a studious reasoner.
  • Exercising study or careful consideration; attentively mindful or considerate; thoughtful; heedful; intent; assiduous.
  • Manifesting study or deliberation; planned; studied.
  • Devoted to or used for the purposes of study; serving as a place of study or contemplation.
  • Synonyms Studious, Scholarly. Studious represents a fact in conduct; scholarly, a fact in taste or predilection, or a similar result: as, he was very studious, but not really of scholarly instincts, nor likely ever to produce a scholarly treatise.

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

  • adj. characterized by diligent study and fondness for reading
  • adj. marked by care and effort

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin studiōsus, from studium, eagerness; see study.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin studiōsus. First recorded in English circa 1350. (Wiktionary)

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