ETYM French pédant, Italian pedante, from Greek paideia to instruct, from pais boy. Related to Pedagogue.
A person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit; SYN. bookworm, scholastic.
Person making display of his or her learning; learned person paying excessive attention to details; precisian.
2. One who offends or irritates by observance of proprieties (as of speech or manners) in a pointed manner or to an obnoxious degree