- of or connected with books
- inclined to read and study; literary; scholarly
- having mere book learning
- pedantic; stodgy
- Given to, characterized by, or resulting from the habitual reading of books; studious.
- Relying chiefly on book learning rather than practical experience; impractical or unworldly: a scholarly but not bookish instructor.
- Literary, formal, or erudite. Used of language.
(comparative more bookish, superlative most bookish)
book + -ish