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Syllabification: ar·rant
Pronunciation: /ˈarənt

Definition of arrant in English:


[attributive] dated
Complete, utter: what arrant nonsense!
More example sentences
  • I was a Minister for 9 years, and what the Hon Trevor Mallard has said is absolute arrant nonsense.
  • Either Connor hasn't read Mabo (or hasn't read it very carefully), or he's relying on the fact that most of the readers of his Bulletin article won't have done so, and therefore won't realise that his claim is arrant nonsense.
  • ‘The notion that the women's movement denigrates women who choose the traditional roles of wife and mother is arrant nonsense,’ columnist Molly Ivins writes emphatically.


Middle English: variant of errant, originally in phrases such as arrant thief 'outlawed, roving thief'.

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