What does errand mean?

Definitions for errand
ˈɛr ənder·rand

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. errandnoun

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


  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.

  2. Errandnoun

    A mission.


  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.

  2. errandnoun

    The purpose of such trip.

    I'm going to town on some errands.

  3. errandnoun

    An oral message trusted to a person for delivery.

  4. errandverb

    To send someone on an errand.

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

  5. errandverb

    To go on an errand.

    She spent an enjoyable afternoon erranding in the city.

  6. Etymology: Old English ǣrende

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Errandnoun

    A message; something to be told or done by a messenger; a mandate; a commission. It is generally used now only in familiar language.

    Etymology: ærenð, Saxon; arend, Danish.

    Servants being commanded to go, shall stand still, ’till they have their errand warranted unto them. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 8.

    But hast thou done thy errand to Baptista?
    —— I told him that your father was in Venice. William Shakespeare.

    A quean! have I not forbid her my house? She comes of errands, does she? William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    When he came, behold the captains of the host were sitting, and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain. 2 Kings ix. 5.

    From them I go
    This uncouth errand sole. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.

    His eyes,
    That run through all the heav’ns, or down to th’ earth,
    Bear his swift errands, over moist and dry,
    O’er sea and land. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. iii. l. 652.

    Well thou do’st to hide from common sight
    Thy close intrigues, too bad to bear the light;
    Nor doubt I, but the silver-footed dame,
    Tripping from sea, on such an errand came. John Dryden, Homer.


  1. errand

    An errand is a short journey undertaken to accomplish a specific task or duty, often outside one's home. This task can include shopping, delivering or collecting items, or performing a service.

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

  2. 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. darner

  2. Darren

  3. rander

  4. redarn

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  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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. John Boehner:

    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.

  4. David Doniger:

    If he has any grasp of scientific and legal reality, he would realize that it's a fool's errand to reverse the endangerment determination, this could be a way for him to keep the right-wing fringe groups occupied and also accomplish the goal of further confusing the public debate.

  5. Kellyanne Conway:

    Nobody's going to have a silver bullet, a magic elixir on stage at the CNN debate that dislodges Trump from the top of the polls. That's a fool's errand, it's incumbent upon these candidates to show contrast from other people's point of views, including Mr. Trump's.

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