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Word of the Day
Tuesday, February 27, 2001

Definitions for errant

  1. Wandering; roving, especially in search of adventure.
  2. Deviating from an appointed course; straying.
  3. Straying from the proper standards (as of truth or propriety).

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Citations for errant
The year 1565 finds him at Ferrara, the city where our errant poet will spend the most stable years of his life. Anthony M. Esolen, introduction to Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso
They called him, "Hey, mister!" and asked him to throw their errant baseballs back to them. Judith McNaught, Night Whispers
Origin of errant
Errant comes from Middle French errer, "to travel," from Late Latin iterare, from Latin iter, "a journey"; confused somewhat with Latin errare, "to wander; to err."