- a person who makes an excessive or inappropriate display of learning.
- a person who overemphasizes rules or minor details.
- a person who adheres rigidly to book knowledge without regard to common sense.
- Obsolete. a schoolmaster.
Origin of pedant
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Examples from the Web for pedant
Call me a Limbaugh pedant, but Rush is on in the afternoon; has been for 22 years.Rush Limbaugh! The Musical
February 3, 2010
You think yourself happy because you are wise, said a philosopher to a pedant.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
But the license is actually got: the parson is provided: the pedant Brand is the man.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Any one who questions our triumphant progress is tabooed for a pedant.Another Sheaf
He talks pleasantly, and nothing of a pedant, as I half dreaded he might be.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
It has been well said of him that he never became either a pedant or a doctrinaire.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
- a person who relies too much on academic learning or who is concerned chiefly with insignificant detail
- archaic a schoolmaster or teacher
Word Origin and History for pedant
1580s, "schoolmaster," from Middle French pédant (1560s) or directly from Italian pedante, literally "teacher, schoolmaster," of uncertain origin, apparently an alteration of Late Latin paedagogantem (nominative paedagogans), present participle of paedagogare (see pedagogue). Meaning "person who trumpets minor points of learning" first recorded 1590s.