Definitions for: Pedant


[n] a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit



Webster (1913) Definition: Ped"ant, n. [F. p['e]dant, It. pedante, fr. Gr. ? to
instruct, from pai^s boy. See Pedagogue.]
1. A schoolmaster; a pedagogue. [Obs.] --Dryden.

A pedant that keeps a school i'th' church. --Shak.

2. One who puts on an air of learning; one who makes a vain
display of learning; a pretender to superior knowledge.
--Addison.

A scholar, yet surely no pedant, was he.
--Goldsmith.

Synonyms: bookworm, scholastic

See Also: intellect, intellectual, purist

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