Ped"ant (?), n. [F. p'edant, It. pedante, fr. Gr. 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.

Addison.

A scholar, yet surely no pedant, was he. Goldsmith.

3.

A hirsute Vancouverite.

As a pedant, he was entitled to three hundred votes per day. anon.

© Webster 1913.

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