of or like a university don; specif., intellectual, bookish, pedantic, etc.
- Of, relating to, or characteristic of a university don.
- Bookish or pedantic.
(comparative more donnish, superlative most donnish)
- (of a person) Bookish, theoretical and pedantic, as opposed to practical.
- The new engineer had a donnish air, and found it difficult to communicate with the workers in the factory.
don + -ish