Definition of errant in English:

errant

Line breaks: er¦rant
Pronunciation: /ˈɛr(ə)nt
 
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adjective

1 formal or humorous Erring or straying from the accepted course or standards: an errant husband coming back from a night on the tiles
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  • The issue is that while we are willing to accept the errant ways of noted figures, are we similarly willing to accept the errant ways of those not notable?
  • Of course, this errant stupidity helped force Zapatero's hand and have him bring the troops home.
  • That explains, in part, his decision last week to pardon the errant scientist.
Synonyms
mischievous, badly behaved, troublesome, difficult, unmanageable, unruly, disobedient, uncontrollable, out of control
1.1Not in the right place; having moved from the correct position or course: an errant strand of hair fear of being hit by an errant bullet
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  • In three years with the team, Bartrum never has had an errant snap on a punt or kick.
  • Steve Nash spent part of a timeout checking on a boy who had been hit on a face with an errant pass.
  • Your mind may be drawing bull's-eyes around an errant arrow.
2 [often postpositive] archaic or literary Travelling in search of adventure: that same lady errant See also knight errant.
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  • No search parties are sent out for the errant travellers.
  • Thus it was that five minutes later he was wandering down the hall in search of his errant best friend.
  • The guardian thinks she's supposed to be cool and calm, indifferent and impartial, a door to keep out errant knights and travellers, but she's still steamed about being stuck down here.
Synonyms
3 Zoology (Of a polychaete worm) of a predatory kind that moves about actively and is not confined to a tube or burrow.
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  • This red errant polychaete was about 7 or 8 cm long.
  • It’s a reproductive form of an errant polychaete worm.

Origin

Middle English (in sense 2): sense 1 from Latin errant- 'erring', from the verb errare; sense 2 from Old French errant 'travelling', present participle of errer, from late Latin iterare 'go on a journey', from iter 'journey'. Compare with arrant.

Derivatives

errancy

noun
sense 1.
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  • In these series of lithographs, etchings, paintings and inkjet prints, the artist spikes these compulsive recordings of movement with humour and a certain dark errancy.
  • Is this a joint project between men and women, or have men unilaterally decided to project an aura of servility, errancy, femininity and weakness?
  • Over and over, the History Channel confronts the errancy of popular belief, never seeming to tire in its celebration of Fact.

errantry

noun
sense 2.
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  • Sancho is troubled when he overhears the priest say that the books of knight errantry are not true and the innkeeper saying errantry is a thing of the past.
  • Waxing eloquent, he expresses how he now he fights for vengeance for the world (a kind of a bandit errantry).
  • This character occasionally accompanies wizards on errantry for reasons of her own, and is always a source of good (if frequently obscure) advice.

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