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deviating from the proper course; straying; moving aimlessly: an errant breeze
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arrant – downright, thorough, unmitigated, notorious, utter, confirmed, flagrant: an arrant playboy
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1. Roving, especially in search of adventure: knights errant.
2. Failing to adhere to guidelines or moral standards: errant youngsters.
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.]
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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]
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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]
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|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"
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adjective sinning, offending, straying, wayward, deviant, erring, aberrant His errant son ran up debts of over £3000.
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2. Straying from a proper course or standard:
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(= unfaithful) [husband] → infidèle
(= paedophile) [priest] → dévoyé(e)
[son, child] → délinquant(e)
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