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.
pedant (plural pedants)
- (archaic) A teacher or schoolmaster.
- A person who emphasizes his/her knowledge through the use of vocabulary.
- (slang) A person who is overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning.
- pedant in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- pedant in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- pedant at OneLook Dictionary Search
- third-person plural present active indicative of pedō