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

Also Archaic, pe·dan·ti·cal.

Origin of pedantic

First recorded in 1590–1600; pedant + -ic
Related formspe·dan·ti·cal·ly, adverbpe·dan·ti·cal·ness, nounsem·i·pe·dan·tic, adjectivesem·i·pe·dan·ti·cal, adjectivesem·i·pe·dan·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·pe·dan·tic, adjectiveun·pe·dan·ti·cal, adjective

Synonyms for pedantic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pedantic

Contemporary Examples of pedantic

Historical Examples of pedantic

  • "The facts are as follows," replied Tibby, who had at times a pedantic lucidity.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • Anything that savors of the pedantic is to be strictly avoided.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • Suffice to say that Bach is pedantic when compared to Mozart, and Beethoven unbeautiful.

    Old Fogy

    James Huneker

  • "He related to us his whole life," rejoined she, in a pedantic tone.

  • In his pedantic way he began to tell her the story of Jeanne, so far as he knew it.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

British Dictionary definitions for pedantic



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.

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