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[ar-uh nt]
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  1. downright; thorough; unmitigated; notorious: an arrant fool.
  2. wandering; errant.
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Origin of arrant

1350–1400; Middle English, variant of errant
Related formsar·rant·ly, adverb
Can be confusedarrant errant


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1. thoroughgoing, utter, confirmed, flagrant.
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Examples from the Web for arrant

Historical Examples

  • "I'm afraid you're an arrant little coquette," said Katherine indulgently.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for arrant


  1. utter; out-and-outan arrant fool
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Derived Formsarrantly, adverb

Word Origin

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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