adjective Etymology: Middle English erraunt, from Anglo-French errant, present participle of errer to err & errer to travel, from Late Latin iterare, from Latin iter road, journey — more at itinerant Date: 14th century 1. traveling or given to traveling <
an errant knight
2. a. straying outside the proper path or bounds <
an errant calf
b. moving about aimlessly or irregularly <
an errant breeze
c. behaving wrongly <
an errant child
d. fallibleerrant nounerrantly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • errant — errant, ante 1. (è rran, rran t ) adj. 1°   Qui erre, qui n est pas fixé. Peuples errants. Hordes errantes. •   La vie errante que je mène depuis quarante ans et plus, m ayant donné occasion de voir et de visiter, plusieurs fois et de plusieurs… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • errant — Errant, [err]ante. adj. Vagabond, qui erre de costé & d autre. Il est errant & vagabond. Chevalier errant. le Juif errant. estoiles errantes. On dit fig. d Un homme qui change souvent de demeure, qui voyage sans cesse, que C est un Chevalier… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Errant — Er rant, a. [F. errant, p. pr. fr. OF. errer to travel, LL. iterare, fr. L. iter journey; confused somewhat with L. errare to err. See {Eyre}, and cf. {Arrant}, {Itinerant}.] 1. Wandering; deviating from an appointed course, or from a direct… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • errant — [er′ənt] adj. [ME erraunt < OFr errant, prp. of errer < ML iterare, to travel < L iter, a journey: see ITINERANT] 1. roving or wandering, esp. in search of adventure; itinerant [a knight errant] 2. a) [OFr, prp. of errer (see ERR),… …   English World dictionary

  • errant — (adj.) mid 14c., travelling, roving, from Anglo Fr. erraunt, from two Old French words that were confused even before they reached English: 1. Old French errant, prp. of errer to travel or wander, from L.L. iterare, from L. iter journey, way,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Errant — Er rant, n. One who wanders about. [Obs.] Fuller. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Errant — Errant, lat. deutsch, irrend; errare humanum, irren ist menschlich; errata, Druckfehler …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • errant — I adjective aberrant, amiss, astray, at fault, awry, deviant, deviating, deviatory, erring, erroneous, fallacious, faultful, faulty, imperfect, incorrect, misdirected, mistaken, not right, peccant, wrong II index astray, blameful, blameworthy …   Law dictionary

  • errant — [adj] wrong; deviant aberrant, deviating, devious, drifting, errable, erratic, erring, fallible, heretic, meandering, misbehaving, mischievous, miscreant, naughty, offending, off straight and narrow*, rambling, ranging, roaming, roving, shifting …   New thesaurus

  • errant — ► ADJECTIVE 1) chiefly formal or humorous straying from the accepted course or standards. 2) archaic or literary travelling in search of adventure. DERIVATIVES errantry noun. ORIGIN sense 1 from Latin errare err ; sense 2 from Old French,… …   English terms dictionary

  • errant — 1. errant, ante [ erɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • XIIe; p. prés. de l a. v. errer « marcher, aller », du bas lat. iterare « voyager » ♦ Chevalier errant, qui ne cesse de voyager. Le Juif errant. ⊗ CONTR. Sédentaire. errant 2. errant, ante [ erɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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