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errant Explained

errant at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


errant at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1335, from Anglo-Fr. erraunt, from two O.Fr. words that were confused even before they reached Eng.: 1. O.Fr. errant, prp. of errer "to travel or wander," from L.L. iterare, from L. iter "journey, way," from root of ire "to go;" 2. O.Fr. errant, pp. of errer (see err). Much of the sense of the latter has gone with Eng. arrant (q.v.). ///

errant at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

adj [only before noun] old-fashioned [Date: 1300-1400; Language: Latin; Origin: , present participle of errare; ERR]// behaving badly, usually by not obeying your parents or not being faithful to your husband or wife// --an errant wife// --their errant son//

errant at French => English Of Explained:


errant at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

114 Moby Thesaurus words for "errant":
aberrant, aberrative, abroad, adrift, all abroad, all off,
all wrong, amiss, askew, astray, at fault, awry, beside the mark,
circuitous, circumforaneous, corrupt, deceptive, defective,
delusive, departing, desultory, deviant, deviating, deviational,
deviative, deviatory, devious, digressive, discursive, distorted,
divagatory, drifting, errable, erratic, erring, erroneous,
error-prone, excursive, fallacious, fallible, false, faultful,
faulty, flawed, flitting, floating, footloose,
footloose and fancy-free, fugitive, gadding, gypsy-like, gypsyish,
heretical, heterodox, illogical, illusory, indirect, itinerant,
labyrinthine, landloping, liable to error, mazy, meandering,
migrational, migratory, misbehaving, mischievous, naughty, nomad,
nomadic, not right, not true, off, off the track, open to error,
out, out-of-the-way, peccant, perverse, perverted, planetary,
rambling, ranging, roaming, roving, self-contradictory, serpentine,
shifting, snaky, straggling, stray, straying, strolling, swerving,
traipsing, transient, transitory, transmigratory, turning,
twisting, undirected, unfactual, unorthodox, unproved, unreliable,
untrue, vagabond, vagrant, veering, wandering, wide, winding,
wrong, zigzag

errant at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[ADJ] (Deviation): deviating, aberrant, errant, excursive, discursive, devious, desultory, rambling, stray, erratic, crooked, vagrant, undirected, circuitous, indirect, zigzag, crab-like, meandering.

errant at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

adjective [only before noun] (formal or humorous)
1 doing sth that is wrong; not behaving in an acceptable way:
errant fathers who refuse to pay maintenance for their children * (figurative) She brushed an errant curl from her forehead.
2 (of a husband or wife) not sexually faithful

errant at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

adjective [only before noun] (formal or humorous)
1 doing sth that is wrong; not behaving in an acceptable way:
errant fathers who refuse to pay maintenance for their children * (figurative) She brushed an errant curl from her forehead.
2 (of a husband or wife) not sexually faithful

Errant at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Errant \Er"rant\, a. [F. errant, p. pr. fr. OF. errer to travel,
LL. iterare, fr. L. iter journey; confused somewhat with L.
errare to err. See {Eyre}, and cf. {Arrant}, {Itinerant}.]
1. Wandering; deviating from an appointed course, or from a
direct path; roving.

Seven planets or errant stars in the lower orbs of
heaven. --Sir T.

2. Notorious; notoriously bad; downright; arrant.

Would make me an errant fool. --B. Jonson.

3. (Eng. Law) Journeying; itinerant; -- formerly applied to
judges who went on circuit and to bailiffs at large.
--Mozley & W.

Errant \Er"rant\, n.
One who wanders about. [Obs.] --Fuller.

errant at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj 1: straying from the right course or from accepted standards;
"errant youngsters"
2: uncontrolled motion that is irregular or unpredictable; "an
errant breeze"

errant at English (WD) Of Explained:


Alternative forms

* erraunt Inter: qualifier » obsolete


* Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /ˈɛɹənt/


Inter: en-ad » j
  • straying from the proper course or standard, or outside established limits
    1. prone to making errors
    2. Inter: proscribe » d utter, complete (negative); arrant

      Usage notes

      Sometimes Inter: term » arrant||utter, complete|lang=en is considered simply an alternative spelling of errant, though many authorities distinguish them, reserving errant to mean “wandering” and using it after the noun it modifies, notably is “knight errant”, while using arrant to mean “utter”, in a negative sense, and before the noun it modifies, notably in “arrant knaves”.

    Etymologically, arrant arose as a variant of errant, but the meanings have long since diverged. Both terms are archaic, primarily used in set phrases (which may be considered cliché), and are easily confused, and on that basis some authorities suggest against using either.


    * Inter: sense » utter, complete arrant Inter: qualifier » generally distinguished; see usage

    Derived terms

    * knight-errant
    • arrant


      Inter: trans-top » straying from the proper course or standard
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|блуждаещ
    • Chinese: Inter: t- » cmn|迷失|tr=mishi|sc=Hani
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|dolend
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|errant|m, Inter: t+ » fr|errante|f
    • German: Inter: t- » de|errant
    • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|περιπλανώμενος|tr=periplanómenos
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|errante

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|常識はずれ|tr=じょうしきはずれ, jōshikihazure
  • Korean: Inter: t- » ko|편력하는|sc=Hang
  • Latin: Inter: t- » la|errans Inter: qualifier » nominative, Inter: t- » la|errantis Inter: qualifier » genitive
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|błędny
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|errante
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|errante

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » traveling in search of adventure
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|странстващ

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m


    * “arrant/errant”, Common Errors in English Usage, Paul Brians
    • On Language: Arrant Nonsense, Inter: w » William Safire, January 22, 2006, Inter: w » New York Times
    • Merriam–Webster’s dictionary of English usage, 1995, “errant, arrant”, pp. 406–407


      * ranter
    • Ratner
    • Terran



  • Inter: present participle of » errer|lang=fr


    Inter: fr-ad » j

  • wandering
    1. errant


      * rentra



    Inter: la-verb-form » errant
  • Inter: conjugation of » erro|errō|3|p|pres|act|ind

  • Translation: et » errant
    Translation: el » errant
    Translation: fr » errant
    Translation: ko » errant
    Translation: io » errant
    Translation: kn » errant
    Translation: ku » errant
    Translation: li » errant
    Translation: mg » errant
    Translation: ml » errant
    Translation: my » errant
    Translation: nl » errant
    Translation: ps » errant
    Translation: pl » errant
    Translation: fi » errant
    Translation: ta » errant
    Translation: te » errant
    Translation: vi » errant
    Translation: zh » errant