Pedant Definition

pĕdnt
pedants
noun
pedants
A person who puts unnecessary stress on minor or trivial points of learning, displaying a scholarship lacking in judgment or sense of proportion.
Webster's New World
One who ostentatiously exhibits academic knowledge or who pays undue attention to minor details or formal rules.
American Heritage
A teacher characterized by insistence on exact adherence to a set of arbitrary rules.
Webster's New World
A schoolmaster.
Webster's New World
The definition of a pedant is someone who is overly concerned with book-learning or with formal rules.
A rigid and rule-following academic is an example of a pedant.
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Other Word Forms of Pedant

Noun

Singular:
pedant
Plural:
pedants

Origin of Pedant

  • French pédant or Italian pedante (French) (from Italian) possibly from Vulgar Latin paedēns *paedent- present participle of *paedere to instruct probably from Greek paideuein from pais paid- child pedo–2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French pedant, pedante, from Italian pedante (“a teacher, schoolmaster, pedant”), of uncertain origin, traced by some sources to Latin paedagogans, present participle of paedagogare (= to teach, from Greek "paedagogein" = to instruct children). Confer French pédant.

    From Wiktionary

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