[ ar-uhnt ]
/ ˈær ənt /


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

Origin of arrant

1350–1400; Middle English, variant of errant

Related forms

ar·rant·ly, adverb

Can be confused

arrant errant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arrant

British Dictionary definitions for arrant


/ (ˈærənt) /


utter; out-and-outan arrant fool

Derived Forms

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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