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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 arrantly

Historical Examples

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

    The Dull Miss Archinard

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

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

British Dictionary definitions for arrantly


  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 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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