[ 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.
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
er·rant·ly, adverbnon·er·rant, adjectivenon·er·rant·ly, adverbun·er·rant, adjective
Can be confusedarrant errant
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British Dictionary definitions for errantly
/ (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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