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.adjective
An example of someone who is pedantic is an English teacher who corrects grammar mistakes all the time.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- pe·danˈti·cal·ly adverb
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: Fr pédant, pedant, schoolmaster < It pedante, ult. < Gr paidagōgos: see pedagogue
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