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pedant

[ ped-nt ]
/ ˈpɛd nt /
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noun

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.

RELATED WORDS

egghead, bookworm, pedagogue, doctrinaire, bluestocking, dogmatist, methodologist

Nearby words

pedal point, pedal pushers, pedal steel guitar, pedalfer, pedalo, pedant, pedantic, pedanticism, pedantocracy, pedantry, pedate

Origin of pedant

1580–90; < Italian pedante teacher, pedant; apparently akin to pedagogue; see -ant
SYNONYMS FOR pedant
Related formsped·ant·esque, adjectiveped·ant·hood, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pedant

pedant

/ (ˈpɛdənt) /

noun

a person who relies too much on academic learning or who is concerned chiefly with insignificant detail
archaic a schoolmaster or teacher

Word Origin for pedant

C16: via Old French from Italian pedante teacher; perhaps related to Latin paedagōgus pedagogue
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Word Origin and History for pedant

pedant


n.

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.

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