errant

errant (adj.) mid-14c., "travelling, roving," from Anglo-Fr. erraunt, from two Old French words that were confused even before they reached English: 1. Old French errant, prp. of errer "to travel or wander," from L.L. iterare, from L. iter "journey, way," from root of ire "to go" (see ION (Cf. ion)); 2. Old French errant, pp. of errer (see ERR (Cf. err)). The senses fused in English 14c., but much of the sense of the latter since has gone with ARRANT (Cf. arrant).

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  • errant — errant, ante 1. (è rran, rran t ) adj. 1°   Qui erre, qui n est pas fixé. Peuples errants. Hordes errantes. •   La vie errante que je mène depuis quarante ans et plus, m ayant donné occasion de voir et de visiter, plusieurs fois et de plusieurs… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • errant — Errant, [err]ante. adj. Vagabond, qui erre de costé & d autre. Il est errant & vagabond. Chevalier errant. le Juif errant. estoiles errantes. On dit fig. d Un homme qui change souvent de demeure, qui voyage sans cesse, que C est un Chevalier… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Errant — Er rant, a. [F. errant, p. pr. fr. OF. errer to travel, LL. iterare, fr. L. iter journey; confused somewhat with L. errare to err. See {Eyre}, and cf. {Arrant}, {Itinerant}.] 1. Wandering; deviating from an appointed course, or from a direct… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • errant — [er′ənt] adj. [ME erraunt < OFr errant, prp. of errer < ML iterare, to travel < L iter, a journey: see ITINERANT] 1. roving or wandering, esp. in search of adventure; itinerant [a knight errant] 2. a) [OFr, prp. of errer (see ERR),… …   English World dictionary

  • Errant — Er rant, n. One who wanders about. [Obs.] Fuller. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Errant — Errant, lat. deutsch, irrend; errare humanum, irren ist menschlich; errata, Druckfehler …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • errant — I adjective aberrant, amiss, astray, at fault, awry, deviant, deviating, deviatory, erring, erroneous, fallacious, faultful, faulty, imperfect, incorrect, misdirected, mistaken, not right, peccant, wrong II index astray, blameful, blameworthy …   Law dictionary

  • errant — [adj] wrong; deviant aberrant, deviating, devious, drifting, errable, erratic, erring, fallible, heretic, meandering, misbehaving, mischievous, miscreant, naughty, offending, off straight and narrow*, rambling, ranging, roaming, roving, shifting …   New thesaurus

  • errant — ► ADJECTIVE 1) chiefly formal or humorous straying from the accepted course or standards. 2) archaic or literary travelling in search of adventure. DERIVATIVES errantry noun. ORIGIN sense 1 from Latin errare err ; sense 2 from Old French,… …   English terms dictionary

  • errant — 1. errant, ante [ erɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • XIIe; p. prés. de l a. v. errer « marcher, aller », du bas lat. iterare « voyager » ♦ Chevalier errant, qui ne cesse de voyager. Le Juif errant. ⊗ CONTR. Sédentaire. errant 2. errant, ante [ erɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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