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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.
Wild women and books; bibliophiles, bluestockings & prolific pens from Aphra Behn to Zora Neale Hurston and from Annie Rice to the Ya-Ya sisterhood.
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.
The impact of the Bluestockings and their writings on German women writers is assessed here for the first time, with specific reference to Sophie von La Roche (1730-1807) and Julie Clodius (1750-1805).
org for a drop-off location near you; or send donations to Books Through Bars NYC, c/o Bluestockings Books, 172 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002).
Four of the stores opened in the 1990s, the newest being Bluestockings in New York City, which opened in 1999.
Similarly, her fourth chapter on women's intellectual writing in the romantic era usefully reminds us of the large body of "textual evidence of sustained ratiocination" by women in the romantic era, but again covers well-trodden ground, drawing heavily on Sylvia Harcstock Myers' book on the Bluestockings.
on Sunday, April 21, at Bluestockings, in New York City.
Today's Tab Totty are naive enough to believe that bluestockings can now flash their suspender belts and still be taken seriously.