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errant

[ er-uhnt ]
/ ˈɛr ənt /
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adjective

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.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for errant

errant
/ (ˈɛrənt) /

adjective (often postpositive)

archaic, or literary wandering in search of adventure
erring or straying from the right course or accepted standards
errantly, adverb
C14: from Old French: journeying, from Vulgar Latin iterāre (unattested), from Latin iter journey; influenced by Latin errāre to err
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