from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules: a pedantic attention to details.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Like a pedant, overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning.
- adj. Being showy of one’s knowledge, often in a boring manner.
- adj. Being finicky or fastidious, especially with language.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a pedant; characteristic of, or resembling, a pedant; ostentatious of learning
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a pedant or pedantry; overrating the importance of mere learning; also, making an undue or inappropriate display of learning; of language, style, etc., exhibiting pedantry; absurdly learned: as, a pedantic air.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
From pedant + -ic. (Wiktionary)