erratic
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin erraticus, from erratus, past participle of errare Date: 14th century 1. a. having no fixed course ; wandering <
an erratic comet
>
b. archaic nomadic 2. transported from an original resting place especially by a glacier <
an erratic boulder
>
3. a. characterized by lack of consistency, regularity, or uniformity <
erratic dieting
>
<
keeps erratic hours
>
b. deviating from what is ordinary or standard ; eccentric <
an erratic genius
>
Synonyms: see strangeerratical adjectiveerratically adverberraticism noun II. noun Date: circa 1623 one that is erratic; especially an erratic boulder or block of rock

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