a learned, bookish, or pedantic woman
Origin of bluestockingfrom the unconventional blue (instead of black) stockings worn by Benjamin Stillingfleet at literary meetings in the home of Mrs. E. R. Montagu in London in the 1750s
A woman with strong scholarly or literary interests.
Origin of bluestockingAfter the Blue Stocking, Society, a nickname for a predominantly female literary club of 18th-century London (probably so called after the blue worsted stockings commonly worn as part of informal dress at the time).
- A scholarly, literary, or cultured woman.