- downright; thorough; unmitigated; notorious: an arrant fool.
- wandering; errant.
Origin of arrant
1350–1400; Middle English, variant of errant
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Examples from the Web for arrantly
- utter; out-and-outan arrant fool
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."
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