From Old French pedagogue, from Latin paedagogus, from Ancient Greek παιδαγωγέω (paidagōgeō), παιδαγωγός (paidagogos), from παιδός (paidos, “child”) (genitive of παῖς (pais)) + ἀγωγός (agogos, “guide”), άγω (ágō, “lead”).
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pedagogue (plural pedagogues)
- A teacher or instructor of children; one whose occupation is to teach the young.
- A pedant; one who by teaching has become overly formal or pedantic in his or her ways; one who has the manner of a teacher.
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- (historical, Ancient Greece) A slave who led the master's children to school, and had the charge of them generally.