1. a person who makes an excessive or inappropriate display of learning.
2. a person who overemphasizes rules or minor details.
3. a person who adheres rigidly to book knowledge without regard to common sense.
4. (obsolete) a schoolmaster.
I don't understand why my history teacher bothers to give exams; he's such an obnoxious pedant that hardly anyone manages to provide answers that he truly feels are correct.
I'm presently mourning the loss of my favorite author, Diana Wynne Jones, who died this weekend. She was a wonderful writer of superb books, and I'm already missing her terribly. If anyone else here loves her as well and feels like talking about her books or something, please let me know...