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synonyms for bookish

  • brainy
  • studious
  • academic
  • intelligent
  • learned
  • literary
  • pedantic
  • scholastic
  • smart
See also synonyms for: bookishness

antonyms for bookish

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  • ignorant
  • stupid
  • unschooled
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How to use bookish in a sentence

When I couldn’t think of anything to say, I wrote notes furiously and perfected what I hoped was a bookish and curious presence in the hopes that people would assume my head was full of insightful observations rather than abject fear.
IN A VIRTUAL WORLD, POWER DYNAMICS IN MEETINGS ARE CHANGING FOR THE BETTERLAURA SIMPSONOCTOBER 11, 2021QUARTZ
Keith said she was “really cute” and looked “bookish” in her glasses.
DATE LAB: ‘THE MOST INTERESTING PART OF THE DATE WAS WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT RATING IT’VIJAI NATHANAPRIL 1, 2021WASHINGTON POST
A popular athlete and a bookish social pariah start a secret relationship while in high school, then float in and out of each other’s lives as they journey into adulthood.
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Born in 1903 in the tiny dusty colonial outpost of Pietersburg, in northern South Africa, Plomer was bookish and reclusive.
THE MILD-MANNERED POET WHO CHAMPIONED JAMES BONDFIONA ZUBLINNOVEMBER 30, 2020OZY
Here at last was a home for the nerdy, the bookish, the hypercompetent others.
IN THE DUMBEST AND DARKEST OF TIMES, ALEX TREBEK MAINTAINED A SAFE SPACE FOR INTELLIGENCEHANK STUEVERNOVEMBER 8, 2020WASHINGTON POST
Technical words and bookish terms are not words of national use.
ENGLISH: COMPOSITION AND LITERATUREW. F. (WILLIAM FRANKLIN) WEBSTER
It all came back in cash to the working man; and yet it was my own pals who had rebuked me for being too bookish.
THE IRON PUDDLERJAMES J. DAVIS
I envy you the acquaintance of a genuine non-bookish man like Captain Speke.
GEORGE ELIOT'S LIFE, VOL. II (OF 3)GEORGE ELIOT
It was only geography that morning, any way: and the practical thing was worth any quantity of bookish theoric.
THE GOLDEN AGEKENNETH GRAHAME
He seemingly was a bookish young man who would probably enjoy hunting a Greek verb to its lair.
RUTH FIELDING IN THE RED CROSSALICE B. EMERSON
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WORDS RELATED TO BOOKISH

  • book-learned
  • bookish
  • college
  • collegiate
  • erudite
  • intellectual
  • learned
  • pedantic
  • scholarly
  • scholastic
  • studious
  • university
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.