9 Beautiful Bookish Words for Bibliophiles

Nine beautiful bookish words for bibliophiles in a grid

Who knew there were so many beautiful bookish words for bibliophiles? I thought I was clued up before writing this post, yet I found lots of terms that I’d never come across before.  My personal favourite is Librocubicularist because this is how I like to read.  And although I’d like to think of myself as a Bibliophagist, I’m sure there are others who are even more worthy of this title.   Just for fun, I’ve also put together a few graphics to celebrate the literary lexicon.


(n.) A person who reads in bed

Pronunciation: Listen at Emma Saying

Librocubicularist definition


(n.) A Japanese word without an English equivalent.  It loosely means ‘the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piling it up together with other such unread books’. (taken from Oxford Dictionaries)

Pronunciation: Listen at Forko

Tsundoku definition


(n.) People who read too much

Pronunciation: Listen at How To Pronounce


(n.) A place where people write

Pronunciation: Listen at Pronunciation Guide

Scriptorium Definition


(n.) A lover of words

Pronunciation: Listen at SDictionary

Logophile definition


(n.) One that hides away or hoards books

Pronunciation: Listen at Emma Saying

Bibliotaph definition


(n.) A devourer of books/a voracious reader

Pronunciation: Listen at Forvo

Bibliophagist definition


(n.) The worship of words

Pronunciation: Listen at ADictionary

Epeolatry definition


(adj.) Reading or having read everything

Pronunciation: Listen at How to Pronounce

omnilegent definition

So which are your favourite bookish words for bibliophiles? Have I included them here or do I need to add more to this book lover’s dictionary? Is there a specific bookish word that you think should exist, but hasn’t yet been invented? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

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  1. March 3, 2019 / 10:34 pm

    Well I’m just getting in bed to read so that definitely makes me a Librocubicularist!

    • thebookfamilyrogerson
      March 3, 2019 / 10:36 pm

      Join the club! I’ve seen this word but confess I didn’t know what it meant until now!

      • March 4, 2019 / 8:16 am

        It wasn’t even a word I’d seen but reading in bed is one of my favourite things! (Plus Reading in the bath -🤔 must check if there’s a word for that!

  2. March 4, 2019 / 4:40 pm

    What an interesting post. I do love to read in bed, I wish I had more time to read, but that is mainly it for now xx

    • thebookfamilyrogerson
      March 6, 2019 / 4:16 pm

      That’s my main time to read as well. Wouldn’t it be nice to devote a whole day to a book! x

  3. March 4, 2019 / 6:00 pm

    Love these, and I can relate to most of them too! I think I’ll start calling my bedroom a scriptorium now.

    • thebookfamilyrogerson
      March 6, 2019 / 4:16 pm

      Great idea! We need to get signs made!

  4. March 4, 2019 / 7:41 pm

    I love these words! I’ll be sure to try and work them into conversations soon!

    • thebookfamilyrogerson
      March 6, 2019 / 4:17 pm

      I’m still practicing my pronunciation – some are very tricky to say 🙂

  5. March 5, 2019 / 12:39 pm

    This is such a great idea for a post! I never knew how many cool words were associated with book lovers. My favorite is probably Bibliotaph!

    • thebookfamilyrogerson
      March 6, 2019 / 4:19 pm

      Aren’t they amazing? I thought they deserved a post of their own!

      • March 6, 2019 / 8:33 pm

        They definitely do!!

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