[ puh-dan-tik ]
/ pəˈdæn tɪk /

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ostentatious in one's learning.
overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.

Nearby words

  1. pedal pushers,
  2. pedal steel guitar,
  3. pedalfer,
  4. pedalo,
  5. pedant,
  6. pedanticism,
  7. pedantocracy,
  8. pedantry,
  9. pedate,
  10. pedately

Also Archaic, pe·dan·ti·cal.

Origin of pedantic

First recorded in 1590–1600; pedant + -ic

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pedantic


/ (pɪˈdæntɪk) /


of, relating to, or characterized by pedantry
Derived Formspedantically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for pedantic



formed in English c.1600, from pedant + -ic. The French equivalent is pédantesque. Perhaps first attested in John Donne's "Sunne Rising," where he bids the morning sun let his love and him linger in bed, telling it, "Sawcy pedantique wretch, goe chide Late schooleboyes." Related: Pedantical (1580s); pedantically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper