errant


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er·rant

 (ĕr′ənt)
adj.
1. Roving, especially in search of adventure: knights errant.
2. Failing to adhere to guidelines or moral standards: errant youngsters.
3.
a. Moving from the proper course or established limits: errant lambs.
b. Aimless or irregular in motion: an errant afternoon breeze.
c. Missing an intended target or recipient: an errant shot.

[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.]

er′rant n.
er′rant·ly adv.

errant

(ˈɛrənt)
adj (often postpositive)
1. archaic or literary wandering in search of adventure
2. erring or straying from the right course or accepted standards
[C14: from Old French: journeying, from Vulgar Latin iterāre (unattested), from Latin iter journey; influenced by Latin errāre to err]
ˈerrantly adv

er•rant

(ˈɛr ənt)

adj.
1. deviating from the regular or proper course.
2. traveling, esp. in quest of adventure; roving adventurously.
3. moving in an aimless or lightly changing manner: an errant breeze.
[1300–50; Middle English erraunt < Middle French, Old French errant, present participle of errer, edrer to travel < Vulgar Latin *iterāre to journey]
er′rant•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.errant - straying from the right course or from accepted standards; "errant youngsters"
fallible - likely to fail or make errors; "everyone is fallible to some degree"
2.errant - uncontrolled motion that is irregular or unpredictable; "an errant breeze"
uncontrolled - not being under control; out of control; "the greatest uncontrolled health problem is AIDS"; "uncontrolled growth"

errant

adjective sinning, offending, straying, wayward, deviant, erring, aberrant His errant son ran up debts of over £3000.

errant

adjective
1. Traveling about, especially in search of adventure:
2. Straying from a proper course or standard:
Translations

errant

[ˈerənt] ADJ (frm) → errante
see also knight C

errant

[ˈɛrənt] adj
(= unfaithful) [husband] → infidèle
(= paedophile) [priest] → dévoyé(e)
[son, child] → délinquant(e)

errant

adj (= erring) wayssündig, verfehlt; husband etcuntreu; membersabtrünnig; (hum) Marxist, Freudianfehlgeleitet, auf Irrwegen

errant

[ˈɛrənt] adj (frm) (wrong) → in errore; (unfaithful) → infedele
References in classic literature ?
That he might make his appearance before his mistress in the true style of a cavalier, he borrowed a horse from the farmer with whom he was domiciliated, a choleric old Dutchman of the name of Hans Van Ripper, and, thus gallantly mounted, issued forth like a knight- errant in quest of adventures.
The Chivalric and heroic spirit which once belonged to the Rider seems now to reside in, or perchance to have subsided into, the Walker--not the Knight, but Walker, Errant.
IF knights errant were to be believed, not all castles were desirable places to seek hospitality in.
Whenever my missionaries overcame a knight errant on the road they washed him, and when he got well they swore him to go and get a bulletin-board and dis- seminate soap and civilization the rest of his days.
If she had ever loved me, then, I should hold her the more sacred; remembering the confidences I had reposed in her, her knowledge of my errant heart, the sacrifice she must have made to be my friend and sister, and the victory she had won.
Then, I would say to her, "Biddy, I think you once liked me very well, when my errant heart, even while it strayed away from you, was quieter and better with you than it ever has been since.
He was not likely to be very penetrating in his judgments, but he had always had a sense that his father's indulgence had not been kindness, and had had a vague longing for some discipline that would have checked his own errant weakness and helped his better will.
Here are such numbers, I will not say of arrant thieves, but of errant knights and errant squires, errant monks and errant minstrels, errant jugglers and errant jesters, that a man with a single merk would be in danger, much more a poor swineherd with a whole bagful of zecchins.
The errant knight, his master, must needs pass us toll-free.
Before you adjust your SMARTDrive or set up a permanent swap file, Brennan suggests running CHKDSK, a defragmenting program that helps prevent corruption in the system by retrieving errant data.
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The errant establishments were fined during an inspection campaign carried out by the Sharjah Civil Defence.