1. [syn: pedant, bookworm, scholastic]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pedant \Ped"ant\, n. [F. p['e]dant, It. pedante, fr. Gr.
paidey`ein to instruct, from pai^s boy. See Pedagogue.]
1. A schoolmaster; a pedagogue. [Obs.] --Dryden.
A pedant that keeps a school i'th' church. --Shak.
2. One who puts on an air of learning; one who makes a vain
display of learning; a pretender to superior knowledge.
A scholar, yet surely no pedant, was he.
[1913 Webster] Pedantic
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book
learning than they merit [syn: pedant, bookworm,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
39 Moby Thesaurus words for "pedant":
Babbitt, Gongorist, Marinist, Middle American, Philistine,
anal character, bluestocking, bourgeois, burgher,
compulsive character, conformer, conformist, conventionalist,
euphuist, fine writer, formalist, methodologist, middle-class type,
model child, organization man, parrot, perfectionist, phrasemaker,
phraseman, phrasemonger, plastic person, precieuse, precieux,
precisian, precisianist, precisionist, purist, rhetorician, sheep,
square, teenybopper, trimmer, wordspinner, yes-man