What does errant mean?

Definitions for errant
ˈɛr ənter·rant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. errantadjective

    straying from the right course or from accepted standards

    "errant youngsters"

  2. errantadjective

    uncontrolled motion that is irregular or unpredictable

    "an errant breeze"


  1. errantadjective

    straying from the proper course or standard, or outside established limits

  2. errantadjective

    prone to making errors

  3. errantadjective

    utter, complete (negative); arrant

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Errantadjective

    Etymology: errans, Latin; errant, French.

    There are just seven planets, or errant stars, in the lower orbs of heaven; but it is now demonstrable unto sense, that there are many more. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iv. c. 12.

    Chief of domestick knights and errant,
    Either for chartel or for warrant. Hudibras.

    Any way, so thou wilt do it, good impertinence:
    Thy company, if I slept not very well
    A-nights, would make me an errant fool with questions. Ben Jonson, Catiline.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Errantadjective

    wandering; deviating from an appointed course, or from a direct path; roving

  2. Errantadjective

    notorious; notoriously bad; downright; arrant

  3. Errantadjective

    journeying; itinerant; -- formerly applied to judges who went on circuit and to bailiffs at large

  4. Errantnoun

    one who wanders about

  5. Etymology: [F. errant, p. pr. fr. OF. errer to travel, LL. iterare, fr. L. iter journey; confused somewhat with L. errare to err. See Eyre, and cf. Arrant, Itinerant.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Errant

    er′ant, adj. wandering: roving: wild: (obs.) thorough (cf. Arrant).—n. a knight-errant.—adv. Err′antly.—n. Err′antry, an errant or wandering state: a rambling about like a knight-errant. [Fr.,—L. errans, errantis, pr.p. of errāre.]

Anagrams for errant »

  1. Terran

  2. ranter

  3. Ratner

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of errant in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of errant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of errant in a Sentence

  1. Andy Sullivan:

    I thought it was going to be a really good knock on the front nine, but a few little errant drives meant the rough got its payback on me today.

  2. Reggie Browne:

    We had some really errant prints out there that stood that shouldn't have stood.

  3. Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler:

    Well both of those statements are errant nonsense. There is ample evidence, overwhelming evidence. Any jury would convict in three minutes flat that The President betrayed The President country by breaking the law.

  4. Marc Elias:

    We can't deny people a right to vote because they choose to put Xs in some, oval, circle some names or fill in some ovals, it says you can't cross out an errant vote with some marking, you have to use words.

  5. Rebekah Koffler:

    Bottom line, [an] 'errant' Russian strike hitting [the] US embassy is quite plausible.‘A shot across the bow’ is also possible, in which the Russians could target the part of the embassy that is not very populated, thiswould be a message to the US to stop providing weaponry to Ukraine. But it’s all risky and the threshold is very high for this decision.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. irascible
    • B. bibulous
    • C. lacerate
    • D. askant

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