I admit a bookish quirk maybe, a love of the shelf, a weakness for morocco, especially if it is stained with age.
Mine was the alcove farthest from the door, where are the mustier volumes that fit a bookish student.
I never heard you talk so deep and bookish.
Free play to childish vitality; punishment the natural inconvenience consequent on wrong-doing; the incitement of the desire to learn; the training of sense-activity rather than reflection, in early years; the acquirement of the power to learn rather than the acquisition of learning,in short, the natural and scientifically progressive rather than the bookish and analytically literary method was the end and aim of "Émile.
The poet's mother, a woman of sweet and tender disposition, had much to do in moulding the future Laureate's character; while from his father, a man of fine culture, he received not only much of his education, but his bent towards a recluse, bookish career.
He was only beginning to collect when we had parted at school, if 'collect' is not too sacred a word: beginning to buy more truly expresses that first glutting of the bookish hunger, which, like the natural appetite, never passes in some beyond the primary utilitarian stage of 'eating to live,' otherwise 'buying to read.'
I do not propose to solemnly enumerate and laboriously describe these good things, because I hardly think they would serve to distinguish Narcissus, except in respect of luck, from other bookmen in the first furor of bookish enthusiasm.
Nature had given him the dainty and dreamy form of the artist, to which habit had added a bookish touch, ending in a tout ensemble of gentleness and distinction with little apparent affinity to a scene like that in the 'Traveller's Rest.'
You see, G. hasn't been brought up in a bookish atmosphere and that makes such a difference.
That night, however, he was blissful with ignorance, and having made a pyre of his bookish tormentors, he fell in with the jollity of the others.
He spoke to everybody he met, in the train, in the steamboat, or in hotels, in fluent if rather "bookish" German, in correct but somewhat halting French, or, if it was a Roman Catholic priest he had to deal with, in sonorous Latin.
"Jackson may think of his bookish notions sometimes; but he knows what kind of old men we are.
He was a bookish boy, wanting in boyishness, and never played games, but spent his time in reading, not boyish books, indeed, but books in which never boy before took interesthistories, theological works, and, in preference, parliamentary speeches of the great orators, which he would afterwards rewrite from memory.
Wilcox says, "Words ending in ish, generally express a slight degree; as, reddish, bookish."Practical Gram., p. 17.
But who will suppose that foolish denotes but a slight degree of folly, or bookish but a slight fondness for books?
And, with such an interpretation, what must be the meaning of more bookish or most foolish?
De Quincey was a shy, bookish man, of erratic, nocturnal habits, who impresses one, personally, as a child of genius, with a child's helplessness and a child's sharp observation.
310, n. 3; bookish men, good company for, iii. 306; Charles's, Prince, saying about them, ii. 214; consultations on Sundays, ii. 376; honesty: see under LAW; knowledge of great lawyers varied, ii. 158; multiplying words, iv.
This WILL. looks upon as the Learning of a Gentleman, and regards all other kinds of Science as the Accomplishments of one whom he calls a Scholar, a Bookish Man, or a Philosopher.
Pupils of high school age know the meaning of many words which are too "bookish" for daily use by them.
Yet they could tell the time of day by the sun, and steer through the silent night by the stars; and each of them hadas Emerson, a very bookish person, has saida dial in his mind for the whole bright calendar of the year.
Their pursuits are not indeed entirely sedentary, since at times they have to climb tall ladders, but of exercise they must always stand in need, and as for air, the exclusively bookish atmosphere is as bad for the lungs as it is for the intellectuals.
There are nearly eleven hundred brief character-sketches in Dunton's book, of all sorts and kinds, but with a preference for bookish people, divines, both of the Establishment and out of it, printers and authors.
That 'awakening,'" I went on, after a moment of wondering why the distant stream of the valley was called "the Looking-glass," and learning only that such was its name, "was when after the bookish torpor of his mindyou remember he called books his opiateshe felt the beauty of the spring and the marvel of human service come back on him like a flood.
The fresh-hearted young girl who nowadays plays a good game of tennis, and takes a high place in the Classical or Mathematical Tripos, and is book learnèd, without being bookish, and . . . .