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n. Derogatory
A woman with strong scholarly or literary interests.

[After the Blue Stocking, Society, a nickname for a predominantly female literary club of 18th-century London (probably so called after the blue worsted stockings commonly worn as part of informal dress at the time).]


usually derogatory a scholarly or intellectual woman
[from the blue worsted stockings worn by members of a C18 literary society]


(ˈbluˌstɒk ɪŋ)

a woman with considerable literary or intellectual ability or interest.
[1780–90; orig., a member of a mid-18th-century London literary circle that included some women (so called from the blue stockings worn by a male participant)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bluestocking - a woman having literary or intellectual interestsbluestocking - a woman having literary or intellectual interests
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"


(o.f.) [ˈbluːˌstɒkɪŋ] N (= scholarly woman) → literata f, marisabidilla f


blue-stocking [ˈbluːstɒkɪŋ] (old-fashioned) nbas-bleu mblue tit nmésange f bleue
References in classic literature ?
No, now that she has become a bluestocking she has finally renounced her former infatuations," he told himself.
Such entries include almanacs, bluestockings, circulating libraries, epistolary novels, Grub Street (the phrase, not the publishing house), modernism, Puritanism and so on.
Reconsidering the Bluestockings (San Marino: University of California Press 2003)
While it used to be thought that all the brains the bluestockings pile up will not be worth one complexion, there are more girls taking chemistry and biology.
Blue jeans more so than blue stockings are in evidence virtually any night of the week at Bluestockings, a lesbian cafe-activist center on New York's Lower East Side.
on Sunday, April 21, at Bluestockings, in New York City.
5) In Lady Middleton's antipathy toward Elinor and Marianne, Isobel Armstrong identifies a connection between the Bluestockings and the Dashwood sisters.
And it offers a theme through the history of ideas for placing her in the intellectual ambiance of the Bluestockings, since he argues that Barbauld's interest in stoicism derives from her profound response as an adolescent to Elizabeth Carter's translation of Epictetus (1758).
Today's Tab Totty are naive enough to believe that bluestockings can now flash their suspender belts and still be taken seriously.
College girls; bluestockings, sex kittens, and coeds, then and now.
There are a lot of people around the East Village"--where she now lives with her girlfriend, founder of the women's bookstore Bluestockings, and their miniature pinscher, Murray--"who take the families they were given and leave them, then make their own.