One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1informal A person who enjoys reading.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Writers' Week programme has an interesting line-up for young bookworms.’
- ‘And it's perfect reading for the bookworm to capture over a weekend.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They are courageous, trendy and are no longer bookworms or ‘goody-goody students’.’
- ‘The on-going literature and fiction book exhibition at the British Library is turning out to be a boon for the bookworms.’
- ‘A school is creating a new generation of bookworms with an innovative reading project.’
- ‘If a queue develops at Lofthouse library, it might not mean the villagers have all become bookworms - it could just be pension day.’
- ‘I was slightly on the chubby side then, a complete bookworm and teacher's pet.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Thanks to these marvellous inventions, bookworms, and others do not have to wrestle with the intricacies of the hieroglyphics.’
- ‘But if anyone was responsible for transforming us into bookworms, they were.’
- ‘The aim is to help encourage more people of all ages to read more books, by proving that reading isn't only for bookworms!’
- ‘So bookworms, brace yourself up, and spend a fascinating evening at the fair, checking out your favourite books.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘And the news will please music lovers and bookworms.’
- ‘But, nevertheless, the happenstance still makes me feel that fate likes to smile every so often upon the introverted bookworms of the world.’
- ‘Anju, the rebellious bookworm, grows up angry at the world.’
- ‘A horse and cart took bookworms back in time as Bradford Council celebrated 100 years of its mobile library service in the city.’
2(especially formerly) the larva of a wood-boring beetle which 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘According to him, termites and bookworms damage palm-leaf inscriptions.’
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