Simple Definition of err
: to make a mistake
Full Definition of err
1 archaic : stray
2 a : to make a mistake <erred in his calculations> <erred on the side of caution> b : to violate an accepted standard of conduct
Examples of err
I may have erred in my calculations.
The court erred in refusing to allow bail.
Origin of err
Middle English, from Anglo-French errer, from Latin errare to wander, err; akin to Old English ierre wandering, perverse, Gothic airzeis deceived
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with err
air, Ayr, bare, bear, Blair, blare, care, chair, chare, dare, Dare, e'er, ere, eyre, fair, fare, flair, flare, glair, glare, hair, hare, Herr, heir, lair, mare, ne'er, pair, pare, pear, prayer, rare, rear, scare, share, snare, spare, square, stair, stare, swear, tare, tear, their, there, vair, ware, wear, weir, where, yare
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