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arrant(a), complete(a), consummate(a), double-dyed(a), everlasting(a), gross(a), perfect(a), pure(a), sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a), thoroughgoing(a), utter(a), unadulteratedadjective
without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
"an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense"; "the unadulterated truth"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Bad in a high degree.
Etymology: a word of uncertain etymology, but probably from errant, which being at first applied to its proper signification to vagabonds, as an errant or arrant rogue, that is, a rambling rogue, lost, in time, its original signification, and being by its use understood to imply something bad, was applied at large to any thing that was mentioned with hatred or contempt.
Country folks, who hallooed and hooted after me, as at the arrantest coward that ever shewed his shoulders to the enemy. Philip Sidney, b. ii.
A vain fool grows forty times an arranter sot than before. Roger L'Estrange, Fables.
And let him every deity adore,
If his new bride prove not an arrant whore. John Dryden, Juven.
notoriously or preeminently bad; thorough or downright, in a bad sense; shameless; unmitigated; as, an arrant rogue or coward
thorough or downright, in a good sense
Etymology: [OE. erraunt, errant, errand, equiv. to E. errant wandering, which was first applied to vagabonds, as an errant rogue, an errant thief, and hence passed gradually into its present and worse sense. See Errant.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ar′rant, adj. downright, notorious (used in a bad sense): unmitigated.—adv. Ar′rantly. [A variant of Errant. From its use in phrases like 'arrant thief,' it passed naturally into a general term used with other terms of abuse.]
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Arrant is ranked #23662 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Arrant surname appeared 1,071 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Arrant.
80.8% or 866 total occurrences were White.
8% or 86 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
6.8% or 73 total occurrences were Black.
2% or 22 total occurrences were Asian.
1.3% or 14 total occurrences were of two or more races.
0.9% or 10 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
The numerical value of arrant in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of arrant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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