- 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.
Origin of errant
Related Words for errantstray, wayward, aberrant, unorthodox, erratic, deviating, devious, erring, fallible, heretic, meandering, mischievous, miscreant, naughty, rambling, roaming, roving, straying, unreliable, wandering
Examples from the Web for errant
Contemporary Examples of errant
Some things have changed a lot since 1984 when the errant Father Buck wrote to his young love interest.How Sicko Priests Got Away With It
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 16, 2014
The errant flashes of light in your brain depicting this possibility are strong enough to make you wince and want to cry.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
Gone were the ugly memories of errant throws to the wrong bases or ill-advised cutoffs.Why Do We Forgive Manny Ramirez for Being Manny?
June 11, 2014
There was a cruel irony in him being killed from above by an errant bomb dropped by an American B-1 bomber.It Wasn’t Just Bergdahl. On Afghanistan, All of America Is AWOL.
June 11, 2014
It took searchers almost two weeks to find the errant missile.A Mob-Defying Former Mayor Knows Why New Jersey Is So Corrupt
February 13, 2014
Historical Examples of errant
"True, sir," said I in perfunctory acknowledgment, but with errant thoughts.Simon Dale
Usually, I have discovered the errant one—with the help of my guards, of course.Millennium
Everett B. Cole
Their figures, unfixed in the abyss, have been shifted like errant sands of Earth.The Masque of the Elements
Burns smiled as a king might upon a young knight seeking an errant.The Eagle's Heart
Occasionally some flame would come in pursuit of her errant swain.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
- archaic, or literary wandering in search of adventure
- erring or straying from the right course or accepted standards
Word Origin for errant
Word Origin and History for errant
mid-14c., "travelling, roving," from Anglo-French erraunt, from two Old French words that were confused even before they reached English: 1. Old French errant, present participle of errer "to travel or wander," from Late Latin iterare, from Latin iter "journey, way," from root of ire "to go" (see ion); 2. Old French errant, past participle of errer (see err). The senses fused in English 14c., but much of the sense of the latter since has gone with arrant.