follow Dictionary.com

Why is the ninth month called September?

pedant

[ped-nt] /ˈpɛd nt/
noun
1.
a person who makes an excessive or inappropriate display of learning.
2.
a person who overemphasizes rules or minor details.
3.
a person who adheres rigidly to book knowledge without regard to common sense.
4.
Obsolete. a schoolmaster.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Italian pedante teacher, pedant; apparently akin to pedagogue; see -ant
Related forms
pedantesque, adjective
pedanthood, noun
Synonyms
2. hairsplitter.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for pedantesque

pedant

/ˈpɛdənt/
noun
1.
a person who relies too much on academic learning or who is concerned chiefly with insignificant detail
2.
(archaic) a schoolmaster or teacher
Word Origin
C16: via Old French from Italian pedante teacher; perhaps related to Latin paedagōguspedagogue
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pedantesque

pedant

n.

1580s, "schoolmaster," from Middle French pédant (1560s) or directly from Italian pedante, literally "teacher, schoolmaster," of uncertain origin, apparently an alteration of Late Latin paedagogantem (nominative paedagogans), present participle of paedagogare (see pedagogue). Meaning "person who trumpets minor points of learning" first recorded 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pedant

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pedantesque

0
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for pedantesque