or ped·a·gog

[ ped-uh-gog, -gawg ]
/ ˈpɛd əˌgɒg, -ˌgɔg /


a teacher; schoolteacher.
a person who is pedantic, dogmatic, and formal.

Origin of pedagogue

1350–1400; Middle English pedagoge < Latin paedagōgus < Greek paidagōgós a boy's tutor. See ped-1, -agogue
Related formsped·a·gogu·er·y, ped·a·gog·er·y, nounped·a·gogu·ish, ped·a·gog·ish, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pedagoguery


sometimes US pedagog

/ (ˈpɛdəˌɡɒɡ) /


a teacher or educator
a pedantic or dogmatic teacher
Derived Formspedagogic or pedagogical, adjectivepedagogically, adverbpedagogism or pedagoguism, noun

Word Origin for pedagogue

C14: from Latin paedagōgus, from Greek paidagōgos slave who looked after his master's son, from pais boy + agōgos leader
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Word Origin and History for pedagoguery



late 14c., "schoolmaster, teacher," from Old French pedagoge "teacher of children" (14c.), from Latin paedagogus, from Greek paidagogos "slave who escorts boys to school and generally supervises them," later "a teacher," from pais (genitive paidos) "child" (see pedo-) + agogos "leader," from agein "to lead" (see act (n.)). Hostile implications in the word are at least from the time of Pepys (1650s). Related: Pedagogal.

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