from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Completely such; thoroughgoing: an arrant fool; the arrant luxury of the ocean liner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Utter; complete.
- adj. Alternative spelling of errant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Notoriously or preëminently bad; thorough or downright, in a bad sense; shameless; unmitigated.
- adj. Thorough or downright, in a good sense.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wandering; itinerant; vagrant; errant: as, a knight arrant; an arrant preacher: especially in thief arrant or arrant thief, a roving, outlawed robber; a highwayman. Now written errant.
- Notorious; manifest; unmitigated; downright: in a bad sense (derived from the noun qualified): as, an arrant rogue; an arrant coward; arrant nonsense.
- Thorough; downright; genuine: in a good sense.
- Synonyms Utter, rank, consummate, perfect.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
Variant of errant.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of errant. Originally meaning wandering (errant), the term came to be an intensifier due to its use as an epithet, e.g. in the phrases "arrant thieves" and "arrant knaves" (i.e., wandering bandits). (Wiktionary)