- downright; thorough; unmitigated; notorious: an arrant fool.
- wandering; errant.
Origin of arrant
1350–1400; Middle English, variant of errant
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Examples from the Web for arrant
"I'm afraid you're an arrant little coquette," said Katherine indulgently.Viviette
William J. Locke
But they are all arrant cowards, and fear to approach me—fear even to come into this wood.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
This made me think that my correspondent was an arrant block-head.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
If the old woman has got any arrant at all, it's likely it's to your mother and me.
He was an arrant coward like the most of his downtrodden race.Tess of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
- utter; out-and-outan arrant fool
C14: a variant of errant (wandering, vagabond); sense developed from its frequent use in phrases like arrant thief (hence: notorious)
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Word Origin and History for arrant
late 14c., variant of errant (q.v.); at first merely derogatory, "wandering, vagrant;" then (1540s) acquiring a meaning "thoroughgoing, downright, notorious."
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