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.
- ped·ant·esque, adjective
- ped·ant·hood, noun
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How to use pedant in a sentence
Call me a Limbaugh pedant, but Rush is on in the afternoon; has been for 22 years.
In a few years the girl he had married would be a plain and prickly little pedant—ill-bred besides—and he knew it.Marriage la mode | Mrs. Humphry Ward
I have not wanted friends, even among strangers, who have defended me more strongly, than my contemptible pedant could attack me.The Works Of John Dryden, Volume 4 (of 18) | John Dryden
Yes; but the Wagner sort of pedant would get entangled in his round of history—in his historical resemblances.Friends in Council | Arthur Helps
Aldus the younger, was a precocious scholar, of the pedant type, and under him the traditions of the family rapidly fell.Printers' Marks | William Roberts
The man of routine, the mere pedant, the mere deprecator of mistakes, asks always for a precedent.Edward Hoare, M.A. | Edward Hoare
British Dictionary definitions for pedant
a person who relies too much on academic learning or who is concerned chiefly with insignificant detail
archaic a schoolmaster or teacher
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