Definition of book learning in English:

book learning


  • Knowledge gained from books or study; mere theory.

    ‘knowledge based on experience rather than book learning’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Such behaviour is a failure of our academic system that places too much value on book learning and high marks in examinations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It may be that your life experience trumps any book learning you may get.’
    • ‘Homage to yesterday's authorities went the way of the ancien regime, and hands-on experience replaced 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.’
    • ‘It makes book learning and classroom study come alive, reinforcing the lessons of history and illuminating the theories behind effective planning and execution.’
    • ‘What is so difficult to understand about my point that speculation based on book learning is not equivalent to speculation based on personal experience?’
    • ‘He's a clever and interesting guy who has a terrible time with words and hates book learning.’
    • ‘From what I have read (and it is more book learning than from experience) there is nothing wrong with just banishing’
    • ‘Hogben believed that children learn better by doing than by book learning.’
    • ‘However well educated the young may be, book learning can never rival the inspiration to be gained from someone who knows and has lived.’
    • ‘I think highly educated people put too much stock into book learning and it produces really narrow skills that are totally selfish.’
    • ‘The people I teach are often of much greater sophistication than those who have heaps of traditional book learning.’
    • ‘‘But people are looking beyond the traditional business education model, which involves hours in the classroom and relies primarily on book learning,’ he said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mere book learning is somehow not sufficient to count as wisdom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have a ridiculous amount of book learning, but these country ways rear their heads more often than I care to admit.’
    learning, scholarship, knowledge, education, culture, intellect, academic attainment, attainments, acquirements, enlightenment, illumination, edification, book learning, insight, information, understanding, sageness, wisdom, sophistication, training
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book learning

/ˈbo͝ok ˌlərniNG/