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arrant

[ ar-uhnt ]
/ ˈær ənt /
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adjective

downright; thorough; unmitigated; notorious: an arrant fool.
wandering; errant.

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Origin of arrant

1350–1400; Middle English, variant of errant

OTHER WORDS FROM arrant

ar·rant·ly, adverb

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH arrant

arrant , errant
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British Dictionary definitions for arrant

arrant
/ (ˈærənt) /

adjective

utter; out-and-outan arrant fool

Derived forms of arrant

arrantly, adverb

Word Origin for arrant

C14: a variant of errant (wandering, vagabond); sense developed from its frequent use in phrases like arrant thief (hence: notorious)
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