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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for book-learned in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


From Middle English bok-lerned, boke-lornut, equivalent to book +‎ learned.


book-learned (not comparable)

  1. (often disparagingly) Versed in books; having knowledge derived from books.
    • Dryden
      Whate'er these book-learned blockheads say, Solon's the veriest fool in all the play.

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