Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit

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Synonyms of Pedant

bookworm, scholastic

Alternate forms of Pedant

Derivations: pedantic

Hyponyms: purist

Hypernyms: bookman, scholar, scholarly person, student

Origin of the word Pedant

  1. 1588, "schoolmaster," from M.Fr. p?dant (1566), from It. pedante "teacher, schoolmaster," apparently an alteration of L.L. paedagogantem (nom. paedagogans), prp. of paedagogare (see pedagogue). Meaning "person who trumpets minor points of learning" first recorded 1596. more

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