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
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.