American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Roving, especially in search of adventure: knights errant.
- adj. Straying from the proper course or standards: errant youngsters.
- adj. Wandering outside the established limits: errant lambs.
- adj. Aimless or irregular in motion: an errant afternoon breeze.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wandering; roving; rambling: applied particularly to knights (knights errant) of the middle ages, who are represented as wandering about to seek adventures and display their heroism and generosity.
- Deviating; straying from the straight, true, or right course; erring.
- In zoology, free; not fixed; locomotory; specifically, pertaining to the Errantia; not tubicolous: as, the errant annelids.
- Notorious; manifest: in this sense now spelled only arrant. See arrant, 2.
- n. A knight errant.
- adj. straying from the proper course or standard, or outside established limits
- adj. prone to making errors
- adj. proscribed utter, complete (negative); arrant
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Wandering; deviating from an appointed course, or from a direct path; roving.
- adj. Notorious; notoriously bad; downright; arrant.
- adj. (Eng. Law) Journeying; itinerant; -- formerly applied to judges who went on circuit and to bailiffs at large.
- n. obsolete One who wanders about.
- adj. uncontrolled motion that is irregular or unpredictable
- adj. straying from the right course or from accepted standards
- Middle English erraunt, from Anglo-Norman, partly from Old French errer, to travel about (from Vulgar Latin *iterāre, from Latin iter, journey; see ei- in Indo-European roots) and partly from Old French errer, to err; see err. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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