- The definition of pedantic is someone who is very concerned with the details of a subject and tends to overly show off their knowledge.
An example of someone who is pedantic is a person at a party who bores everyone while talking at length about the origin and details of a particular piece of pottery.
(comparative more pedantic, superlative most pedantic)
From pedant +"Ž -ic.
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