verb (used without object)
Origin of err
Examples from the Web for err
No one likes it when their sandcastle is knocked over, but his reaction is a bit, err, extreme.
They tend to err heavily on the side of the government where kidnapping is concerned.
In other words, the vast majority of Americans seem to agree with the American Mullahs, err, “hard-liners.”
Err, yes, of course Newt Gingrich loved the number of debates.
But in the humble opinion of this correspondent, it should err on the side of "too high".
Here is a suitable garb, a quilted and padded coat—a trifle large for thee, perhaps, yet 'tis better to err on the generous side.The Winning of the Golden Spurs|Percy F. Westerman
Unquestionably he does occasionally, like Robert Browning, err in the direction of cacophony.Some Diversions of a Man of Letters|Edmund William Gosse
To err is to be human and the troops, if sent at once, may or may not, fulfil our hopes.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
This prediction is so plain that a "wayfaring man, though a fool, need not err therein."Cowley's Talks on Doctrine|Matthias F. Cowley
But firstly, these curses were uttered by those who could not err in such things.The Expositor's Bible:|Alfred Plummer
Word Origin for err
c.1300, from Old French errer "go astray, lose one's way; make a mistake; transgress," from Latin errare "wander, go astray, be in error," from PIE root *ers- "be in motion, wander around" (cf. Sanskrit arsati "flows;" Old English ierre "angry, straying;" Old Frisian ire "angry;" Old High German irri "angry," irron "astray;" Gothic airziþa "error, deception;" the Germanic words reflecting the notion of anger as a "straying" from normal composure). Related: Erred; erring.