Synonyms of 'donnish'
scholarlyDictionary, erudite, scholasticHe is precise and mildly donnish in manner.
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Someone who is bookish spends a lot of time reading serious books.
a bookish socialist
If you describe someone as erudite, you mean that they have or show great academic knowledge. You can also use erudite to describe something such as a book or a style of writing.
I found him a charming and erudite companion.
If you think someone is pedantic, you mean that they are too concerned with unimportant details or traditional rules, especially in connection with academic subjects.
His lecture was pedantic and uninteresting.
Thesaurus for donnish from the Collins English Thesaurus
If you describe a man as donnish , you think he is rather serious and intellectual .