- The definition of pedantic is someone who has a very narrow focus on a subject and tends to overly show off their knowledge by getting caught up in small details or by pointing out mistakes on the subject.
An example of someone who is pedantic is an English teacher who corrects grammar mistakes all the time.
Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for academic knowledge and formal rules: a pedantic attention to details.
(comparative more pedantic, superlative most pedantic)
Variant of pedant
- a person who puts unnecessary stress on minor or trivial points of learning, displaying a scholarship lacking in judgment or sense of proportion
- a narrow-minded teacher who insists on exact adherence to a set of arbitrary rules
- Obsolete a schoolmaster
Origin of pedantFrench pédant, pedant, schoolmaster ; from Italian pedante, ultimately ; from Classical Greek paidagōgos: see pedagogue