Definition of errant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈerənt/


1 [attributive] Erring or straying from the proper course or standards: he could never forgive his daughter’s errant ways
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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.
offending, guilty, culpable, misbehaving, delinquent, lawbreaking;
troublesome, unruly, wayward, disobedient
1.1 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.
2 [often postpositive] archaic or literary Traveling 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.
traveling, wandering, itinerant, roaming, roving, voyaging



Pronunciation: /ˈerənsē/
sense 1.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈerəntrē/
sense 2.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with errant

aberrant, deterrent, inherent, knight-errant

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Syllabification: er·rant

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