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erratic Explained

erratic at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:

[ıə'rætık]

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

c.1374, from O.Fr. erratiquem from L. erraticus, from erratum, pp. of errare "to wander, err" (see err). Sense of "irregular, eccentric" is 1816. ///

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

adj [Date: 1300-1400; Language: Old French; Origin: erratique, from Latin errare; ERR]// something that is erratic does not follow any pattern or plan but happens in a way that is not regular// --His breathing was becoming erratic.// --She found it hard to cope with his erratic behaviour.// -- erratically/-kli/ adv // --He always drives erratically.//

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

271 Moby Thesaurus words for "erratic":
aberrant, aberrative, abnormal, adrift, afloat, agnostic, aimless,
alternating, ambiguous, amorphous, anomalistic, anomalous, bizarre,
broken, capricious, careening, casual, catchy, chancy, changeable,
changeful, changing, character, choppy, circuitous, crackpot,
crank, crankish, cranky, crotchety, curving, departing, desultory,
deviable, deviant, deviating, deviative, deviatory, devious, dicey,
different, digressive, directionless, disarticulated, disconnected,
discontinuous, discursive, disjunct, disordered, disorderly,
dispersed, disproportionate, divagatory, divaricate, divergent,
diversified, diversiform, dizzy, dotty, doubtful, doubting,
dubious, eccentric, equivocal, erose, errant, exceptional,
excursive, extraordinary, fast and loose, fey, fickle, fitful,
flake, flaky, flickering, flighty, flitting, fluctuant,
fluctuating, formless, freak, freakish, frivolous, funny, giddy,
gratuitous, guttering, halting, haphazard, herky-jerky, hesitant,
hesitating, heteroclite, heteromorphic, hit-or-miss, idiocratic,
idiosyncratic, iffy, immethodical, impetuous, impulsive,
incalculable, inchoate, incoherent, inconsistent, inconstant,
indecisive, indemonstrable, indirect, indiscriminate, infirm,
intermittent, intermitting, irregular, irresolute, irresponsible,
jagged, jerky, kinky, kook, kooky, labyrinthine, lurching, maggoty,
mazy, meandering, meaningless, mercurial, misshapen, moody, motley,
mutable, nonconformist, nonstandard, nonsymmetrical, nonsystematic,
nonuniform, nut, nutty, odd, oddball, orderless, out-of-the-way,
outlandish, patchy, peculiar, planetary, planless, pluralistic,
polysemous, promiscuous, quaint, queer, quirky, ragged, rambling,
random, recluse, restless, rough, roundabout, roving,
scatterbrained, scrappy, screwball, screwy, senseless, serpentine,
shapeless, shifting, shifty, shuffling, singular, skeptical, snaky,
snatchy, spasmatic, spasmic, spasmodic, spastic, spineless,
sporadic, spotty, staggering, straggling, straggly, strange,
strange duck, stray, straying, subnormal, swerving, systemless,
touch-and-go, turning, twisted, twisting, unaccountable,
unarranged, uncertain, unclassified, unconfirmable, uncontrolled,
unconventional, unconvinced, undependable, undirected,
undisciplined, undivinable, unequable, unequal, uneven, unfixed,
unforeseeable, ungraded, unjoined, unmethodical, unmetrical,
unnatural, unordered, unorganized, unorthodox, unpersuaded,
unpredictable, unprovable, unregular, unreliable, unrestrained,
unrhythmical, unsettled, unsorted, unstable, unstable as water,
unstaid, unsteadfast, unsteady, unsure, unsymmetrical,
unsystematic, ununiform, unusual, unverifiable, vacillating,
vagarious, vagrant, vague, variable, variegated, variform, various,
varying, veering, vicissitudinary, vicissitudinous, volatile,
wacky, wandering, wanton, wavering, wavery, wavy, wayward, weird,
weirdo, whimsical, winding, wishy-washy, wobbling, wobbly,
zigzag

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

[ADJ] (Changeableness): changeable, changeful, changing, mutable, variable, versatile, inconstant, unsteady, unstable, unfixed, unsettled, fluctuating, restless, agitated, erratic, fickle, irresolute, capricious, touch and go, fitful, spasmodic, alterable, plastic, transient, wavering.

[ADJ] (Motion): moving, in motion, transitional, motive, shifting, movable, mobile, mercurial, ephemeral, transient, restless, changeable, nomadic, erratic.

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

[ADJ] (Caprice): capricious, erratic, eccentric, fitful, inconsistent, fanciful, fantastic, whimsical, captious, arbitrary, fickle, irresolute, frivolous, giddy.

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

adjective
(often disapproving) not happening at regular times; not following any plan or regular pattern; that you cannot rely on
SYN UNPREDICTABLE:
The electricity supply here is quite erratic. * She had learnt to live with his sudden changes of mood and erratic behaviour. * Mary is a gifted but erratic player (= she does not always play well). * Irrigation measures will be necessary in areas of erratic rainfall.
erratically adverb:
He was obviously upset and was driving erratically. * His heart beat erratically.

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

adjective
(often disapproving) not happening at regular times; not following any plan or regular pattern; that you cannot rely on
SYN UNPREDICTABLE:
The electricity supply here is quite erratic. * She had learnt to live with his sudden changes of mood and erratic behaviour. * Mary is a gifted but erratic player (= she does not always play well). * Irrigation measures will be necessary in areas of erratic rainfall.
erratically adverb:
He was obviously upset and was driving erratically. * His heart beat erratically.

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

Erratic \Er*rat"ic\, n.
1. One who deviates from common and accepted opinions; one
who is eccentric or preserve in his intellectual
character.

Erratic \Er*rat"ic\, a. [L. erraticus, fr. errare to wander: cf.
F. erratique. See {Err}.]
1. Having no certain course; roving about without a fixed
destination; wandering; moving; -- hence, applied to the
planets as distinguished from the fixed stars.

The earth and each erratic world. --Blackmore.

2. Deviating from a wise of the common course in opinion or
conduct; eccentric; strange; queer; as, erratic conduct.

3. Irregular; changeable. ``Erratic fever.'' --Harvey.

{Erratic blocks}, {gravel, etc.} (Geol.), masses of stone
which have been transported from their original resting
places by the agency of water, ice, or other causes.

{Erratic phenomena}, the phenomena which relate to
transported materials on the earth's surface.

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

erratic
adj 1: having no fixed course; "an erratic comet"; "his life
followed a wandering course"; "a planetary vagabond"
[syn: {planetary}, {wandering}]
2: liable to sudden unpredictable change; "erratic behavior";
"fickle weather"; "mercurial twists of temperament"; "a
quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment,
utterly fragile the next" [syn: {fickle}, {mercurial}, {quicksilver(a)}]
3: likely to perform unpredictably; "erratic winds are the bane
of a sailor"; "a temperamental motor; sometimes it would
start and sometimes it wouldn't"; "that beautiful but
temperamental instrument the flute"- Osbert Lancaster
[syn: {temperamental}]

erratic at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==
Inter: was wotd » 2012|August|13

Alternative forms

* erratick
  • erraticke
  • erratique Inter: qualifier » obsolete

    Etymology

    From Inter: etyl » fro|en Inter: term » erratique|lang=fro, from Inter: etyl » la|en Inter: term » erraticus|lang=la.

    Pronunciation

    * Inter: IPA » /ɪˈrætɪk/|lang=en
  • Inter: rhymes » ætɪk

    Adjective

    Inter: en-ad » j


  • unsteady, random; prone to unexpected changes; not consistent
    1. : Henry has been getting erratic scores on his tests: 40% last week, but 98% this week.

      Derived terms

      * erratically

      Antonyms

      * consistent

      Translations

      Inter: trans-top » unsteady, random; prone to unexpected changes; not consistent

  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|անկանոն|tr=ankanon|sc=Armn, Inter: t- » hy|անհաստատ|tr=anhastat|sc=Armn, Inter: t- » hy|անկայուն|tr=ankayun|sc=Armn
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|непостоянен|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » bg|изменчив|sc=Cyrl
  • Dutch: Inter: t- » nl|onregelmatig
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|epätasainen, Inter: t+ » fi|epäsäännöllinen, Inter: t- » fi|epävakaa, Inter: t- » fi|ailahteleva

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • German: Inter: qualifier » geology Inter: t+ » de|erratisch, Inter: t+ » de|unstet, Inter: t+ » de|unregelmäßig
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|неравномерный. Inter: t+ » ru|нерегулярный
    • Serbo-Croatian: Inter: t- » sh|eratičan, Inter: t- » sh|iregularan, Inter: t- » sh|neravnomjeran, Inter: t- » sh|nekonzistentan
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|inconstante, Inter: t+ » es|irregular


    Inter: trans-botto » m

    Noun

    Inter: en-nou » n
  • Inter: geolog » y A rock moved from one location to another, usually by a glacier.
    1. 2003, Inter: w » Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, BCA 2003, p. 372:
    2. : The term for a displaced boulder is an erratic, but in the nineteenth century the expression seemed to apply more often to the theories than to the rocks.
    3. Anything that has erratic characteristics.

      Translations

      Inter: trans-top » rock

  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|siirtolohkare
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Findling|m

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|bloque errático|m


    Inter: trans-botto » m

    Anagrams

    * cirrate, rice rat
    Translation: de » erratic
    Translation: et » erratic
    Translation: el » erratic
    Translation: fa » erratic
    Translation: fr » erratic
    Translation: ko » erratic
    Translation: io » erratic
    Translation: kn » erratic
    Translation: hu » erratic
    Translation: ml » erratic
    Translation: ps » erratic
    Translation: pl » erratic
    Translation: ta » erratic
    Translation: te » erratic
    Translation: vi » erratic
    Translation: zh » erratic