Meaning of unbookish in English:


Pronunciation /ʌnˈbʊkɪʃ/


  • Not particularly interested in reading and studying.

    ‘My grandfather always said Sandy was cleverer than he was, but he was an ‘unbookish’ sort.’
    • ‘Kooser never makes an allusion that an intelligent but unbookish reader will not immediately grasp.’
    • ‘Booklovers are thought by unbookish people to be gentle and unworldly and perhaps a few of them are so.’
    • ‘She even floors Sherry's decidedly unbookish friend, Ferdy, by kindly including his name in the roster.’
    • ‘Even in unbookish homes, unread copies stood proudly on bookshelves as a tribute to an American warrior and hero.’
    • ‘John was my ideal: the unbookish bookman.’
    • ‘One of the famous stories about old books is the following: ‘A man who was very much interested in old books ran into an unbookish acquaintance of his who'd just thrown away an old Bible which had been packed away in the attic of his ancestral home for generations.’’
    • ‘Director Joe Wright is utterly unbookish; he never read the novel, having devoted his life to reading movies intensively instead.’
    • ‘Common to all of this material, however, is its unliterary, that is, unbookish, character which is in marked contrast to virtually all of Anglo-Saxon epic literature, influenced as it is, to a greater or lesser degree, by Christian or classical models.’