Definition of errant
1 : traveling or given to traveling an errant knight
2a : straying outside the proper path or bounds an errant calfb : moving about aimlessly or irregularly an errant breezec : behaving wrongly an errant childd : fallible
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Examples of errant in a Sentence
what he considers to be no more than errant conduct toward women would be regarded as sexual harassment by most people
the errant gunslinger as a standard character in western novels
Recent Examples of errant from the Web
The time to remove restraints on an errant agency is not the end stage of a scandal caused by a lack of restraint in spending, Lavielle added.
That’s added to pressure on China, the regime’s only major ally, to rein in its errant neighbor.
South Elgin outhit Geneva 10-3 and scored two more runs on Bryant Diel's fourth-inning RBI single and an errant pickoff attempt at third in the fifth.
A certain Mets farmhand hit an unsuspecting fan of the Lakewood (N.J.) Blue Claws square in the groin with an errant warmup throw.
The city of Cleveland in 2015 sued Big Blue Trucking of Warren, owner of the errant dump truck, and the firm settled for undisclosed terms.
Monitoring groups, however, put the number of civilian dead caused by errant airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in the thousands.
An errant pickoff throw sent Kotowski to third base with no outs.
Five other U.S. special forces troops also were accidentally injured in northern Afghanistan on Nov. 26 in a similar incident involving an errant U.S. smart bomb.
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Did You Know?
Errant has a split history. It comes from Anglo-French, a language in which two confusingly similar verbs with identical spellings ("errer") coexisted. One errer meant "to err" and comes from the Latin errare, meaning "to wander" or "to err." The second errer meant "to travel," and traces to the Latin iter, meaning "road" or "journey." Both "errer" homographs contributed to the development of "errant," which not surprisingly has to do with both moving about and being mistaken. A "knight-errant" travels around in search of adventures. Cowboys round up "errant calves." An "errant child" is one who misbehaves. (You might also see "arrant" occasionally - it's a word that originated as an alteration of "errant" and that usually means "extreme" or "shameless.")
ERRANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of errant for English Language Learners
: behaving wrongly
: going outside the proper area
sports : not going in the intended direction : not accurate
ERRANT Defined for Kids
Definition of errant for Students
1 : wandering in search of adventure an errant knight
2 : straying from a proper course an errant golf ball
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