What does errand mean?

Definitions for errand
ˈɛr ənder·rand

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word errand.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. errandnoun

    a short trip that is taken in the performance of a necessary task or mission

GCIDE

  1. Errandnoun

    Any specific task, usually of a routine nature, requiring some form of travel, usually locally. An errand is often on behalf of someone else, but sometimes for one's own purposes.

    Etymology: [OE. erende, erande, message, business, AS. rende, rend; akin to OS. arundi, OHG. arunti, Icel. eyrendi, rendi, erendi, Sw. rende, Dan. rende; perh. akin to AS. earu swift, Icel. rr, and to L. oriri to rise, E. orient.]

  2. Errandnoun

    A mission.

    Etymology: [OE. erende, erande, message, business, AS. rende, rend; akin to OS. arundi, OHG. arunti, Icel. eyrendi, rendi, erendi, Sw. rende, Dan. rende; perh. akin to AS. earu swift, Icel. rr, and to L. oriri to rise, E. orient.]

Wiktionary

  1. errandnoun

    A trip to accomplish a small mission or to do some business (dropping items by, doing paperwork, going to a friend's house, etc.)

    The errands before he could start the project included getting material at the store and getting the tools he had lent his neighbors.

    Etymology: Old English ǣrende

  2. errandnoun

    The purpose of such trip.

    I'm going to town on some errands.

    Etymology: Old English ǣrende

  3. errandnoun

    An oral message trusted to a person for delivery.

    Etymology: Old English ǣrende

  4. errandverb

    To send someone on an errand.

    All the servants were on holiday or erranded out of the house.

    Etymology: Old English ǣrende

  5. errandverb

    To go on an errand.

    She spent an enjoyable afternoon erranding in the city.

    Etymology: Old English ǣrende

Webster Dictionary

  1. Errandnoun

    a special business intrusted to a messenger; something to be told or done by one sent somewhere for the purpose; often, a verbal message; a commission; as, the servant was sent on an errand; to do an errand. Also, one's purpose in going anywhere

    Etymology: [OE. erende, erande, message, business, AS. rende, rend; akin to OS. arundi, OHG. arunti, Icel. eyrendi, rendi, erendi, Sw. rende, Dan. rende; perh. akin to AS. earu swift, Icel. rr, and to L. oriri to rise, E. orient.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Errand

    er′and, n. a message: a commission to say or do something.—A fool's errand, a useless undertaking; Go an errand, to go with messages; Make an errand, to invent a reason for going. [A.S. ǽrende; Ice. eyrindi; prob. conn. with Goth. áirus, Ice. árr, a messenger.]

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  1. Darren

  2. darner

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of errand in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of errand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of errand in a Sentence

  1. John Boehner:

    The Bible says beware of false prophets. And there are people out there, you know, spreading noise about how much can get done. I mean this whole notion that we're going to shut down the government to get rid of Obamacare in 2013 -- this plan never had a chance, but over the course of the August recess in 2013 and in September, a lot of my Republican colleagues who knew this was a fool's errand -- really, they were getting all this pressure from home to do this.

  2. Vincent Maggio:

    This was seriously just a routine errand in my book, No biggie at all, i was just doing someone a favor that was fun for me too. It was certainly no chore. I’m really happy a bunch of people got to see the photos from the journey.

  3. Woodrow Wilson:

    You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

  4. Joe Biden:

    The answer is that I'm running the traps on this. I don't want to make this a fool's errand, i'm a lot closer than I was before Christmas, and we'll make the decision soon.

  5. The Kansas native:

    I think impeaching Trump is a fools errand pushed by fools.

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Translations for errand

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  • مأموريةArabic
  • encàrrecCatalan, Valencian
  • ærindeDanish
  • Besorgung, AuftragGerman
  • θέλημα, μικροδουλειάGreek
  • recadoSpanish
  • viesti, sana, tehtävä, asia, asiallaFinnish
  • courseFrench
  • दूतकार्मHindi
  • incarico, commissione, incombenza, ambasciataItalian
  • 使い, 使命Japanese
  • misiuneRomanian
  • сообще́ние, зада́ние, ве́сточка, поруче́ние, посла́ние, командиро́вка, весть, побегушкахRussian
  • budskap, ärende, meddelandeSwedish
  • กิจการพิเศษThai
  • edinme, tedarikTurkish

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