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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).]
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usually derogatory a scholarly or intellectual woman
[from the blue worsted stockings worn by members of a C18 literary society]
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(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)]
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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"
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(o.f.) [ˈbluːˌstɒkɪŋ] N (= scholarly woman) → literata f, marisabidilla f
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blue-stocking [ˈbluːstɒkɪŋ] (old-fashioned) nbas-bleu mblue tit nmésange f bleue
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It was toward evening that Ichabod arrived at the castle of the Heer Van Tassel, which he found thronged with the pride and flower of the adjacent country Old farmers, a spare leathern- faced race, in homespun coats and breeches, blue stockings, huge shoes, and magnificent pewter buckles.
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A literary movement among women, the Blue Stockings Society was formed in England in the mid-1700s.
Carwyn himself recorded a much more normal kind of harassment - his very first day was clouded by the fact that he stood out conspicuously since a friend of his mother's had knitted him a special pair of navy blue stockings with bright yellow tops, the subject of much caustic comment as they were immediately visible below his short trousers.
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One such was the Blue Stockings, a group of hotel and restaurant employees.
Close to the foot of the table, West Bromwich Albion's stars were forced to turn out against Fulham on Saturday in blue stockings, instead of the traditional hoops.
The Scotch team wore blue jerseys, white knickerbockers, red stockings, a red belt, high–heeled boots and blue and white cowl; while their English sisters were dressed in blue and white jerseys, blue stockings and belt, high–heeled booted and red and white cowl.
Way out west (the Ohio River served as the demarcation point between eastern and western black clubs), the Chicago Blue Stockings, "dusky athletes who are employed as waiters in the various hotels and restaurants," captured the "colored championship of Illinois," during the summer of 1870 by taking two out of three games from the uniquely named Rockford Pink Stockings.
He promis'd to buy me a pair of blue stockings, A pair of blue garters that cost him but two pence, He promis'd to bring me a bunch of blue ribbons, To tie up my bonny brown hair.