from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who pays undue attention to book learning and formal rules.
- n. One who exhibits one's learning or scholarship ostentatiously.
- n. Obsolete A schoolmaster.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A teacher or schoolmaster.
- n. A person who is overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning.
- n. A person who emphasizes his/her knowledge through the use of vocabulary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A schoolmaster; a pedagogue.
- n. One who puts on an air of learning; one who makes a vain display of learning; a pretender to superior knowledge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A schoolmaster; a teacher; a pedagogue.
- n. A person who overrates erudition, or lays an undue stress on exact knowledge of detail or of trifles, as compared with larger matters or with general principles; also, one who makes an undue or inappropriate display of learning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit
In contrast, a pedant is a supercilious show-off who drops references to Sophocles and masks his shallowness by using words like “fulgent” and “supercilious.”
But any woman who could use that word pedant, I reasoned, call her ex-husband “duplicitous” and a “narcissist,” and describe an assistant manager we both worked for as a “troglodyte” was a woman I felt I could spend time talking to and perhaps even want to live with, despite the three kids, a first husband, and her extra year in age.
A prig or a pedant was his favourite butt, and the performance was rendered all the more effective by his elaborate assumption of the _grand seigneur's_ manner.
I might likewise mention the law pedant, that is perpetually putting eases, repeating the transactions of Westminster
He did not like a mere smattering of literary chatter; he did not like to be called a pedant; but he knew, if any man did, what literature was and what was knowledge.
In Shakespeare's day, a pedant was a male schoolteacher.
'pedant' -- very frequently a 'pedant,' and now, it seems I am an
Athaeneus, to philosophers and travellers, an opiniative ass, a caviller, a kind of pedant; for his manners, as Theod.
He appeared to them to be a queer kind of pedant; they did not care for him, and made no overtures to him, and he avoided them.
He appeared to them to be a queer kind of pedant; they did not care for him, made no overtures to him, and he avoided them.