errant

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EtymologyEdit

From Anglo-Norman erraunt, from Old French errant, from Latin errans (wandering).

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AdjectiveEdit

errant (comparative more errant, superlative most errant)

  1. straying from the proper course or standard, or outside established limits
    • Sir Thomas Browne
      seven planets or errant stars in the lower orbs of heaven
  2. prone to making errors
  3. (proscribed) utter, complete (negative); arrant
    • Ben Jonson
      would make me an errant fool

Usage notesEdit

Sometimes arrant (utter, complete) 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.

SynonymsEdit

  • (utter, complete): arrant (generally distinguished; see usage)

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FrenchEdit

VerbEdit

errant

  1. Present participle of errer.

AdjectiveEdit

errant m (feminine errante, masculine plural errants, feminine plural errantes)

  1. wandering
  2. errant

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LatinEdit

VerbEdit

errant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of errō
Last modified on 15 March 2014, at 11:05