Definition of bookworm in English:


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  • 1 informal A person devoted to reading.

    • ‘A school is creating a new generation of bookworms with an innovative reading project.’
    • ‘And it's perfect reading for the bookworm to capture over a weekend.’
    • ‘Anju, the rebellious bookworm, grows up angry at the world.’
    • ‘I was slightly on the chubby side then, a complete bookworm and teacher's pet.’
    • ‘For those bookworms, there is a library with a vast collection.’
    • ‘A usually harmless crowd of bookworms was being searched with metal detectors and sniffed by police dogs.’
    • ‘On the other hand, I am something of a bookworm, and nothing appeals to a bookworm more than the opportunity to show off your intellectual brilliance.’
    • ‘The aim is to help encourage more people of all ages to read more books, by proving that reading isn't only for bookworms!’
    • ‘But, nevertheless, the happenstance still makes me feel that fate likes to smile every so often upon the introverted bookworms of the world.’
    • ‘And the news will please music lovers and bookworms.’
    • ‘Thanks to these marvellous inventions, bookworms, and others do not have to wrestle with the intricacies of the hieroglyphics.’
    • ‘If a queue develops at Lofthouse library, it might not mean the villagers have all become bookworms - it could just be pension day.’
    • ‘A horse and cart took bookworms back in time as Bradford Council celebrated 100 years of its mobile library service in the city.’
    • ‘They are courageous, trendy and are no longer bookworms or ‘goody-goody students’.’
    • ‘To this was added the Fringe and now there are also festivals for intellectual bookworms like me, and even one for people who take television seriously.’
    • ‘The Writers' Week programme has an interesting line-up for young bookworms.’
    • ‘A rare book containing an original drawing of the world's most popular cartoon bear is still available after bookworms in York failed to snap it up.’
    • ‘The on-going literature and fiction book exhibition at the British Library is turning out to be a boon for the bookworms.’
    • ‘So bookworms, brace yourself up, and spend a fascinating evening at the fair, checking out your favourite books.’
    • ‘But if anyone was responsible for transforming us into bookworms, they were.’
  • 2The larva of a wood-boring beetle that feeds on the paper and glue in books.

    ‘The Clinic has plans to market insecticidal papers which need to be interleafed in books and magazines to keep away silverfish and bookworms, explains Mr. Shaji.’
    • ‘According to him, termites and bookworms damage palm-leaf inscriptions.’
    • ‘The bookworm reminds the authors of the vulnerability of books, not only from voracious insects, but also from the acid in the paper that is destroying our books.’



/ˈbo͝okˌwərm/ /ˈbʊkˌwərm/