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English definition of “bookish”

bookish

adjective     /ˈbʊk.ɪʃ/ mainly disapproving
describes someone who enjoys reading books , especially serious books Intelligent people
(Definition of bookish adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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