Stu"di*ous (?), a. [L. studious: cf. F. studieux. See Study.]


Given to study; devoted to the acquisition of knowledge from books; as, a studious scholar.


Given to thought, or to the examination of subjects by contemplation; contemplative.



Earnest in endeavors; aiming sedulously; attentive; observant; diligent; -- usually followed by an infinitive or by of; as, be studious to please; studious to find new friends and allies.

You that are so studious Of my affairs, wholly neglect your own. Massinger.


Planned with study; deliberate; studied.

For the frigid villainy of studious lewdness, . . . with apology can be invented? Rambler.


Favorable to study; suitable for thought and contemplation; as, the studious shade.


But let my due feet never fail To walk the studious cloister's pale. Milton.

-- Stu"di*ous*ly, adv. -- Stu"di*ous*ness, n.


© Webster 1913.

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