Examples from the Web for pedant
Call me a Limbaugh pedant, but Rush is on in the afternoon; has been for 22 years.
Only the pedant would disown so desirable a tenant for the poor reason that the house has been rebuilt since his day.Our House|Elizabeth Robins Pennell
This would have satisfied the people, who were only anxious to score off the troublesome philosopher and pedant.A Critical History of Greek Philosophy|W. T. Stace
Pedant′ic, -al, displaying knowledge for the sake of showing.
And such is the advantage of a classical education, that he mumbled a line from a Greek pedant, another from a Roman bore.A Transient Guest|Edgar Saltus
He is a pedant in show, though his title be tutor, and his pupils in a broader phrase are schoolboys.
British Dictionary definitions for pedant
Word Origin for pedant
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.