[ ar-uhnt ]
/ ˈær ənt /


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

Origin of arrant

1350–1400; Middle English, variant of errant
Related formsar·rant·ly, adverb
Can be confusedarrant errant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arrantly

  • Twice her lips moved to the verge of speech; yet, caught so arrantly in the act, she was unable to phrase any passing thought.

  • You make me feel that I have been driving you—arrantly egotistic.

    The Dull Miss Archinard|Anne Douglas Sedgwick

British Dictionary definitions for arrantly


/ (ˈærənt) /


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 arrantly



late 14c., variant of errant (q.v.); at first merely derogatory, "wandering, vagrant;" then (1540s) acquiring a meaning "thoroughgoing, downright, notorious."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper