Synonyms of donnish
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bookishSomeone who is bookish spends a lot of time reading serious books.
• a bookish socialist
studiouslearnedacademicintellectualliteraryscholarlyeruditepedanticwell-readdonnishswotty (British, informal)
eruditeIf 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.
pedanticIf 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.
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