(comparative booklier or more bookly, superlative bookliest or most bookly)
- Of or pertaining to books; literary.
- Learned from books; bookish; by-the-book.
From Middle English *bocli, from Old English bōclīċ (“of or belonging to a book, scientific, biblical, scriptural”), equivalent to book + -ly. Cognate with Danish boglig (“bookish”), Swedish boklig (“bookish, literary”).