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[ped-uh-gog, -gawg] /ˈpɛd əˌgɒg, -ˌgɔg/
a teacher; schoolteacher.
a person who is pedantic, dogmatic, and formal.
Origin of pedagogue
1350-1400; Middle English pedagoge < Latin paedagōgus < Greek paidagōgós a boy's tutor. See ped-1, -agogue
Related forms
pedagoguery, pedagogery, noun
pedagoguish, pedagogish, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pedagogue
  • Every pedagogue worth his salt knows our job is to teach how to think, not what to think.
  • The fact that she handles herself like a relaxed and veteran pedagogue is no fluke.
  • No pedagogue wrote this piece.
  • The life of a pedagogue seems to have been most agreeable to Winthrop.
  • Priest and pedagogue both in the village, had taught them their letters.
  • For we are dealing here with no mere schoolroom pedagogue.
  • Nothing is more tiresome than a superannuated pedagogue.
  • The most violent pedagogue I have studied under has a strong theoretical argument for vicious teaching methods.
  • Sometimes his words justify his reputation as a pedagogue.
  • The job of the pedagogue is to bring and keep student language within the lines of legitimacy.
British Dictionary definitions for pedagogue


a teacher or educator
a pedantic or dogmatic teacher
Derived Forms
pedagogic, pedagogical, adjective
pedagogically, adverb
pedagogism, pedagoguism, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin paedagōgus, from Greek paidagōgos slave who looked after his master's son, from pais boy + agōgos leader
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Word Origin and History for pedagogue

late 14c., "schoolmaster, teacher," from Old French pedagoge "teacher of children" (14c.), from Latin paedagogus, from Greek paidagogos "slave who escorts boys to school and generally supervises them," later "a teacher," from pais (genitive paidos) "child" (see pedo-) + agogos "leader," from agein "to lead" (see act (n.)). Hostile implications in the word are at least from the time of Pepys (1650s). Related: Pedagogal.

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