arrant

[ ar-uhnt ]
/ ˈær ənt /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. arranged,
  2. arranged marriage,
  3. arrangement,
  4. arrangements,
  5. arranger,
  6. arrantly,
  7. arras,
  8. arrau,
  9. arrau, claudio,
  10. array

Origin of arrant

1350–1400; Middle English, variant of errant

Related formsar·rant·ly, adverb

Can be confusedarrant errant

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British Dictionary definitions for arrant

arrant

/ (ˈærənt) /

adjective

utter; out-and-outan arrant fool
Derived Formsarrantly, 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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Word Origin and History for arrant

arrant

adj.

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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