Meaning of “bookworm” in the English Dictionary


"bookworm" in English

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bookwormnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbʊk.wɜːm/ us /ˈbʊk.wɝːm/ informal

Examples from literature

  • He was not a bookworm, but he was a close student and possessed the happy faculty of assimilating knowledge from books and tutors far more easily and quickly than most of his fellows. 
  • I'm a sort of bookworm myself. 
  • Neither Leo nor I were bookworms, and we were not by any means so devoted as some boys to games and athletics. 
  • The librarian of former times was almost invariably a bookworm, and was often a student properly so called. 
  • Well, long ago I was a little bookworm, living in a lonely country house, and I had the run of some good shelves. 

(Definition of “bookworm” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bookworm" in American English

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bookwormnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbʊkˌwɜrm/

infml someone who likes to read books

(Definition of “bookworm” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)