Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - bluestocking


a usually derogatory term to describe a woman with considerable literary or intellectual ability or interest


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - bluestocking

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Poor Anastasia is doomed to remain in the Data Department forever.

Colleague 2:  Why do you say that?

Colleague 1:  She is a total genius, very studious and intelligent and is well read in a huge variety of topics but she has no people skills whatsoever. She always has her nose in a book.

Colleague 2:  I suppose that it would be difficult to be a leader if everyone sees you as a bluestocking.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - bluestocking

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  You are always studying. You never go out and have fun. And you dress so conservatively.

Friend 2:  So?

Friend 1:  All the boys will think you are a bluestocking and you will never find a husband.

Friend 2:  That's OK. I like being intelligent and educated.

bluestocking - Usage:


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bluestocking - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for bluestocking.

bluestocking - Examples:

1)  ... then you'd be referred to (with much disdain) as a bluestocking.

2)  And if all patriarchs had to identify an epic version of a bluestocking, then Simone De Beauvoir would top their list.

3)  Women do best in the costume department, as bluestocking stage managers, or in supporting roles on stage. Playwriting is a muscly, ...

4)  ... she immediately sat up straight, he was dishy! No wonder that Argentinian bluestocking fell for him hook, line and sinker even when he was an old man.

5)  ... is pious, timid, cold -- like a sparky young woman who goes all bluestocking on you.

6)  ... strutting down the catwalk in a transparent dress, Jetsun was no bluestocking either. A member of the girls' band of her school, she ...

7)  As time goes by, we realize that Len? isn't quite the timid bluestocking that she likes to think she is, ...

8)  Schools like the bluestocking academy where two girls who had a nervous breakdown and anorexia respectively sat their ...

9)  ... but her conversation rings with the crystal diction of the Cambridge bluestocking she is.

10)  Democrats are now easily caricatured as both snobbish and condescending in the same way bluestocking Republicans used to be.

11)  She's bluestocking without being cold," says a former colleague. "Down to earth and ...

12)  ... the idea of her going to university: they fear that if she becomes a bluestocking she will never find a husband.

13)  Byron's bluestocking daughter Ada Lovelace devised an "analytical engine" that could numerically replicate the ...

14)  Australian university campuses last week marked Bluestocking Week, a celebration that remembers the first women who entered English universities in the ...

15)  I'm not speaking as some bluestocking do-gooding dilettante who makes a hobby of asceticism.

16)  People see her as this dreary bluestocking, who drifted around being intense about her writing, ...

17)  I can't imagine either the sex-pos crowd or the bluestocking brigade will be satisfied that it is advancing what we know, ...

18)  There have always been bossy, upper-class women whose fine blood and bluestocking inclinations create a fatal cocktail of social and intellectual entitlement.

19)  He and his bluestocking wife, Dorothea, a Rheingold-beer heiress and a writer of Proustian memoirs, entertained ...

20)  ... he was warned that she was too posh, too bluestocking, too distant.