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characterized by a narrow concern for book learning and formal rules, without knowledge or experience of practical matters

Synonyms for donnish

marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects

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Gatiss also presents a one-hour documentary - MR James: Ghost Writer - straight after the programme, in which he explores how the donnish Victorian bachelor came to create such terrifying tales.
The sitting MP for Smethwick was Labour's Patrick Gordon Walker, an elderly donnish figure.
A tall, donnish man with close-cropped silvery hair and an accent with roots in the Carolina hill country, the 57-year-old Skipper carries himself with the air of a classics professor who also coaches the varsity basketball team.
If the manner of the telling occasionally recalls MR James's prickly, donnish narrators, that is surely apt.
Viewers have become accustomed to his role of QI's mischievous schoolboy to Stephen Fry's donnish headmaster figure and the generally unchallenging nature of the evening's humour didn''t match that persona.
Did you simply mean that in a human, social way he was in danger of becoming donnish, or was their [sic] a spiritual sense in which his Faith was too much a matter of reason and that she helped give it life?" (Letters 495).
Donnish, monkish, and fiercely right-wing, Veryser knew and loved the Middle American Radicals like they were family.
Thus the authors applaud Byatt's engagement with the dilemma of how to write real life, all the time knowing that even that can be textually constructed (5), and they reject accusations of donnish traditionalism or a resistance to 'theory', which have been levelled at her (see Edwards de Campos 2005: 1-2).
No wonder Chester [that is, Chester Kallman, Auden's sexually unfaithful partner for over 30 years] couldn't love him, for all that Wystan did for him; with my donnish insistence on tidiness, let alone an aesthete's determination to have everything proper and handsome about me, I couldn't put up with him in the house for a single day.
Older viewers will remember well the BBC-Paramount seven-part miniseries from 1979, which starred Alec Guinness as an avuncular, donnish Smiley.
The walls of Luttwak's donnish studywhich is by far the nicest room in the Luttwaks' house, with the best view, and might otherwise have served as the dining room, if Edward and Dalya were more like their neighborsare lined with bookshelves containing the Roman classics, biographies of Winston Churchill, works on military history and strategy, intelligence gathering, Byzantine art, old atlases, and decorations and plaques from foreign governments.
Then there was Richard Walker, a donnish, bespectacled wraith who emerged slimmer than ever from two years of teaching in a remote corner of Sudan.
Homer & Langley is narrated by blind, donnish (uncrippled) Homer, and if Homer doesn't nod, this reviewer did--a few times.
I cling to the very faint hope that this might be some dry, donnish joke.
Writing Nash's speech was the first task given to new recruit to the External Affairs Department Gerald Hensley, who, fresh from a period as an assistant lecturer in history at Canterbury, began in nice donnish style with the words: 'Commonwealth ties are very often old school ties'.