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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.
Before long it becomes apparent to this desperate, unconventional woman, raised as a boy and developing into an ardent bluestocking, that her lover has no desire to do anything beyond using her and her supposed wealth for his own mercenary ends.
Betty Schellenberg's opening chapter, "Reading in an Epistolary Community in Eighteenth-Century England," is a fascinating study of letters about books exchanged between the Bluestocking sisters Elizabeth Montagu and Sarah Scott, across a span of fifty-five years (1740-95).
It does appear that his sheer volume of publication as well as his full-volume style figure Layton's attempt to blunderbuss mortality, critics, anti-Semites, blue-pencil prudes, and even those bluestocking ladies resistant to his pugnacious tenderness.
It's being put on by Burlesque Cardiff and Swansea's Bluestocking Lounge and the sold-out festival will highlight the diverse ranges from comedy and classic to neo-burlesque.
They never met, to her relief perhaps - since Puckler Muskau seems to have epitomised the 'specious coxcomb' against whom John Austin had once warned her - and almost certainly to his since his debts were pressing and he needed a very great deal of money, not the passion of a penniless bluestocking.
Join us on July 10, 2010 for "The Thoughtful Page Turner" at 7pm at Bluestocking Books in Manhattan for an evening of readings and discussion about First Cause.
The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue studied the influence of the Bluestocking Circle, with particular focus on the group around Elizabeth Montague in the 1770s; traced the development of the work, social organization and public reception of the Circle through the 1780s; outlined the political reaction and its effect on the Circle in the 1790s; and finally examined the legacy of the Bluestockings in the early nineteenth century, with some comments on the twentieth.
Certainly some hosts, notably the Bluestocking circle, deplored the fashion for cards in preference to stimulating talk.
The letter is itself an example of camp by its outrageously bluestocking refusal.
Roberts, in Mary Russell Mitford: The Tragedy of a Bluestocking (London: Andrew Melrose, 1913) offers chronological evidence that suggests the family story of their initial involvement with Coleridge may have been embellished.
Oliver is instantly fascinated by the beauteous bluestocking, and engages her in a heated dialogue that implicitly excludes his son.