follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

pedantic

or pedantical

[puh-dan-tik] /pəˈdæn tɪk/
adjective
1.
ostentatious in one's learning.
2.
overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.
Origin of pedantic
1590-1600
1590-1600; pedant + -ic
Related forms
pedantically, adverb
pedanticalness, noun
semipedantic, adjective
semipedantical, adjective
semipedantically, adverb
unpedantic, adjective
unpedantical, adjective
Synonyms
2. didactic, doctrinaire.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for pedantic
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
British Dictionary definitions for pedantic

pedantic

/pɪˈdæntɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by pedantry
Derived Forms
pedantically, adverb
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 pedantic
adj.

formed in English c.1600, from pedant + -ic. The French equivalent is pédantesque. Perhaps first attested in John Donne's "Sunne Rising," where he bids the morning sun let his love and him linger in bed, telling it, "Sawcy pedantique wretch, goe chide Late schooleboyes." Related: Pedantical (1580s); pedantically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pedantic

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pedantic

13
16
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for pedantic