Origin of errand
Examples from the Web for errand
He demonstrated that he had the makings of a future Marine after his mother sent him on a last minute errand to a nearby deli.Why Was My Son Killed in Fallujah—and His Murderer Set Free?|Michael Daly|January 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At the start of the game he is been sent to the fantastic city of Columbia on an errand: to find a girl and have his debt cleaned.
It's a fool's errand when the general electorate is trending in favor of more government.
It is, increasingly, the received wisdom in the West that nation building is a fool's errand.
Despite the obstacles, however, Ephron excelled, moving from errand girl to bona fide writer at the New York Post and Esquire.Nora Ephron on Her Life, Loves, and Disappointments|Claire Howorth|November 6, 2010|DAILY BEAST
It was more like what the big creatures in the world around him were in the habit of describing as an April errand.The Story of a Dewdrop|J. R. Macduff
At that he started up, all streaky with soap and blood as he was, and must rush away on some errand.Where the Pavement Ends|John Russell
Vain were the recurring entreaties not to depart on his errand.
Mr. Wetherell then explained our errand, and gave him his owner's letter.A Bid for Fortune|Guy Boothby
Got to go on an errand for dad, and its too far to walk away around by the bridge.Tom Fairfield's Schooldays|Allen Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for errand
Word Origin for errand
Word Origin and History for errand
Old English ærende "message, mission; answer, news, tidings," from Proto-Germanic *ærundjam (cf. Old Saxon arundi, Old Norse erendi, Danish ærende, Swedish ärende, Old Frisian erende, Old High German arunti "message"). Originally of important missions; meaning "short, simple journey and task" is attested by 1640s. Related: Errands.
Idioms and Phrases with errand
see fool's errand; run an errand.