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errant

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adjective er·rant \ˈer-ənt, ˈe-rənt\

Simple Definition of errant

  • : behaving wrongly

  • : going outside the proper area

  • sports : not going in the intended direction : not accurate

Full Definition of errant

  1. 1 :  traveling or given to traveling <an errant knight>

  2. 2 a :  straying outside the proper path or bounds <an errant calf> b :  moving about aimlessly or irregularly <an errant breeze> c :  behaving wrongly <an errant child> d :  fallible

errant noun
er·rant·ly adverb

Examples of errant

  1. <what he considers to be no more than errant conduct toward women would be regarded as sexual harassment by most people>

  2. <the errant gunslinger as a standard character in western novels>



Origin of errant

Middle English erraunt, from Anglo-French errant, present participle of errer to err & errer to travel, from Late Latin iterare, from Latin iter road, journey — more at itinerant


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with errant



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