Definition of book learning in US English:

book learning

noun

  • Knowledge gained from books or study; mere theory.

    ‘knowledge based on experience rather than book learning’
    • ‘Such behaviour is a failure of our academic system that places too much value on book learning and high marks in examinations.’
    • ‘However well educated the young may be, book learning can never rival the inspiration to be gained from someone who knows and has lived.’
    • ‘From what I have read (and it is more book learning than from experience) there is nothing wrong with just banishing’
    • ‘Homage to yesterday's authorities went the way of the ancien regime, and hands-on experience replaced book learning.’
    • ‘The people I teach are often of much greater sophistication than those who have heaps of traditional book learning.’
    • ‘It may be that your life experience trumps any book learning you may get.’
    • ‘Hogben believed that children learn better by doing than by book learning.’
    • ‘It doesn't take book learning to acquire a conscience, and although guidance helps, there are always going to be moral invalids who just can't develop one.’
    • ‘Education plus work, book learning and on-the-job skills training, with a strong ethos of service to the local community, was the educational philosophy.’
    • ‘But she was unusually gifted and self-educated in book learning - which opened a wider world to her - and she had a wide range of interests.’
    • ‘I think highly educated people put too much stock into book learning and it produces really narrow skills that are totally selfish.’
    • ‘He's a clever and interesting guy who has a terrible time with words and hates book learning.’
    • ‘What is so difficult to understand about my point that speculation based on book learning is not equivalent to speculation based on personal experience?’
    • ‘Mere book learning is somehow not sufficient to count as wisdom.’
    • ‘I have a ridiculous amount of book learning, but these country ways rear their heads more often than I care to admit.’
    • ‘These indelible experiences can give life and spirit to your own actions and convert the knowledge you have accumulated through book learning into more meaningful experiences.’
    • ‘‘But people are looking beyond the traditional business education model, which involves hours in the classroom and relies primarily on book learning,’ he said.’
    • ‘As parents they are overprotective to their children, they place too much emphasis on book learning, and are too blinded by the glitter of a western education.’
    • ‘He'd had a lot of book learning thrown at him, but little hands-on training to experience how to do it the right way… So, I made the guy do it again.’
    • ‘It makes book learning and classroom study come alive, reinforcing the lessons of history and illuminating the theories behind effective planning and execution.’
    learning, scholarship, knowledge, education, culture, intellect, academic attainment, attainments, acquirements, enlightenment, illumination, edification, insight, information, understanding, sageness, wisdom, sophistication, training
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Pronunciation

book learning

/ˈbo͝ok ˌlərniNG//ˈbʊk ˌlərnɪŋ/