[ er-uh nt ]
/ ˈɛr ənt /


deviating from the regular or proper course; erring; straying.
journeying or traveling, as a medieval knight in quest of adventure; roving adventurously.
moving in an aimless or lightly changing manner: an errant breeze.

Nearby words

  1. erpf,
  2. err,
  3. errancy,
  4. errand,
  5. errand boy,
  6. errantly,
  7. errantry,
  8. errare humanum est,
  9. errata,
  10. erratic

Origin of errant

1300–50; Middle English erraunt < Middle French, Old French errant, present participle of errer, edrer to travel < Vulgar Latin *iterāre to journey, for Late Latin itinerārī, derivative of iter, stem itiner- journey (see itinerary); confused with Middle French errant, present participle of errer to err

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Can be confusedarrant errant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for errant


/ (ˈɛrənt) /

adjective (often postpositive)

archaic, or literary wandering in search of adventure
erring or straying from the right course or accepted standards
Derived Formserrantly, adverb

Word Origin for errant

C14: from Old French: journeying, from Vulgar Latin iterāre (unattested), from Latin iter journey; influenced by Latin errāre to err

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