- Fond of reading or studying, especially said of someone lacking social skills as a result
1783, Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, page 16:
- From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books. […] This bookish inclination at length determined my father to make me a printer, though he had already one son (James) of that profession.
- Characterized by a method of expression generally found in books.
1996, Helen L. Harrison, Pistoles/Paroles: Money and Language in Seventeenth-century French Comedy, page 50:
- Obviously, neither Corneille nor the characters who laugh at excessively bookish speech avoid literary convention.
given to reading; fond of study
characterized by a method of expression generally found in books