erratic

  • 1 erratic — er‧rat‧ic [ɪˈrætɪk] adjective having no pattern or plan, making it difficult to know what is going to happen: • Erratic currency markets led to intervention by the major central banks. • the erratic performance of exports * * * erratic UK US… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 Erratic — Er*rat ic, a. [L. erraticus, fr. errare to wander: cf. F. erratique. See {Err}.] 1. Having no certain course; roving about without a fixed destination; wandering; moving; hence, applied to the planets as distinguished from the fixed stars. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Erratic — can refer to: *glacial erratic *erratic ant …

    Wikipedia

  • 4 erratic — [i rat′ik] adj. [ME erratik < OFr erratique < L erraticus, wandering < pp. of errare: see ERR] 1. having no fixed course or purpose; irregular; random; wandering 2. deviating from the normal, conventional, or customary course; eccentric; …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Erratic — Er*rat ic, n. 1. One who deviates from common and accepted opinions; one who is eccentric or preserve in his intellectual character. [1913 Webster] 2. A rogue. [Obs.] Cockeram. [1913 Webster] 3. (Geol.) Any stone or material that has been borne… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 erratic — index anomalous, astray, broken (interrupted), capricious, desultory, disjointed, eccentric, inconsisten …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 erratic — (adj.) late 14c., wandering, moving, from O.Fr. erratique (13c.) and directly from L. erraticus wandering, straying, roving, from erratum an error, mistake, fault, pp. of errare to wander, err (see ERR (Cf. err)). Sense of irregular, eccentric is …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 erratic — eccentric, odd, queer, *strange, singular, peculiar, unique, quaint, outlandish, curious Analogous words: aberrant, *abnormal, atypical: irregular, unnatural, anomalous: capricious, fickle, mercurial, inconstant Contrasted words: normal, *regular …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 erratic — [adj] unpredictable; wandering aberrant, abnormal, anomalous, arbitrary, bizarre, capricious, changeable, desultory, devious, dicey, directionless, dubious, eccentric, fitful, flaky*, fluctuant, idiosyncratic, iffy*, incalculable, inconsistent,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 10 erratic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not even or regular in pattern or movement. DERIVATIVES erratically adverb erraticism noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 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 …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 erratic — erratically, adv. erraticism, n. /i rat ik/, adj. 1. deviating from the usual or proper course in conduct or opinion; eccentric; queer: erratic behavior. 2. having no certain or definite course; wandering; not fixed: erratic winds. 3. Geol.… …

    Universalium

  • 13 erratic — er|rat|ic [ıˈrætık] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: erratique, from Latin errare; ERR] something that is erratic does not follow any pattern or plan but happens in a way that is not regular ▪ His breathing was becoming erratic. ▪ She… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 erratic — [[t]ɪræ̱tɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is erratic does not follow a regular pattern, but happens at unexpected times or moves along in an irregular way. Argentina s erratic inflation rate threatens to upset the plans. ...the family s erratic… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 erratic — /əˈrætɪk / (say uh ratik), /i / (say ee ) adjective 1. deviating from the proper or usual course in conduct or opinion; eccentric. 2. having no certain course; wandering; not fixed: erratic winds. 3. Geology a. (of boulders, etc.) transported… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 erratic — 1. adjective unsteady, random; prone to unexpected changes; not consistent Henry has been getting erratic scores on his tests: 40% last week, but 98% this week. Ant: consistent 2. noun a) …

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  • 17 erratic — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ become ▪ remain ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 erratic — er|rat|ic [ ı rætık ] adjective changing often or not following a regular pattern, so that it is difficult to know what will happen next: UNPREDICTABLE: He s a good player, but erratic. the recent erratic performance of the markets ╾… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 erratic — adjective erratic actions, movements etc seem to have no pattern or plan: The bus service into town was highly erratic. erratically / kli/ adverb: The car was weaving erratically across the road …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 erratic — UK [ɪˈrætɪk] / US adjective changing often or not following a regular pattern, so that it is difficult to know what will happen next He s a good footballer, but a bit erratic. the recent erratic performance of the markets Derived word:… …

    English dictionary