pedantic Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “pedantic” in the English Dictionary

"pedantic" in British English

See all translations

pedanticadjective

uk   /pəˈdæn.tɪk/  us   /pedˈæn-/ disapproving
(Definition of pedantic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pedantic" in American English

See all translations

pedanticadjective

 us   /pɪˈdænt·ɪk/
caring too much about ​unimportantrules or ​details and not enough about ​understanding or ​appreciating a ​subject: Professor Harris had a ​narrow, pedantic ​approach to ​history that put us to ​sleep.
(Definition of pedantic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pedantic”
in Chinese (Simplified) 迂腐的,学究式的,书呆子气的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 迂腐的,學究式的,書呆子氣的…
What is the pronunciation of pedantic?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“pedantic” in British English

Word of the Day

fire-eater

a performer who entertains people by seeming to swallow flames

Word of the Day

PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
PLEASE DON’T SHOUT!
by Colin McIntosh,
February 09, 2016
New words are entering the language all the time. A few of these are completely new and original coinages, but the vast majority are based on the existing stock of words in some way, for example by using affixes (prefixes and suffixes). These can have the effect of changing the meaning of the

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More