err

[ ur, er ]
/ ɜr, ɛr /

verb (used without object)

to go astray in thought or belief; be mistaken; be incorrect.
to go astray morally; sin: To err is human.
Archaic. to deviate from the true course, aim, or purpose.

Origin of err

1275–1325; Middle English erren < Old French errer < Latin errāre; akin to Gothic airzjan, Old High German irrôn, German irren

Related forms

err·a·bil·i·ty, nounerr·a·ble, adjective

Can be confused

air e'er ere err heirer err Ur
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British Dictionary definitions for err

err

/ (ɜː) /

verb (intr)

to make a mistake; be incorrect
to stray from the right course or accepted standards; sin
to act with bias, esp favourable biasto err on the side of justice

Word Origin for err

C14: erren to wander, stray, from Old French errer, from Latin errāre
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