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
French pédant or Italian pedante (French, from Italian), possibly from Vulgar Latin *paedēns, *paedent-, present participle of *paedere, to instruct, probably from Greek paideuein, from pais, paid-, child; see pedo-2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French pedant, pedante, from Italian pedante ("a teacher, schoolmaster, pedant"), of uncertain origin, traced by some sources to Latin paedagogans, present participle of paedagogare ( = to teach, from Greek "paedagogein" = to instruct children ). Confer French pédant. (Wiktionary)