stu·di·ous /ˈstudiəs, ˈstju-/
1. Given to study; devoted to the acquisition of knowledge from books; as, a studious scholar.
2. Given to thought, or to the examination of subjects by contemplation; contemplative.
3. 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.
4. Planned with study; deliberate; studied.
For the frigid villainy of studious lewdness, . . . with apology can be invented? --Rambler.
5. Favorable to study; suitable for thought and contemplation; as, the studious shade. [Poetic]
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.
adj 1: marked by care and effort; "made a studious attempt to fix
the television set"
2: characterized by diligent study and fondness for reading; "a
bookish farmer who always had a book in his pocket"; "a
quiet studious child" [syn: bookish]