[ur-ing, er-]

1300–50; Middle English; replacing Middle English errand. See err, -ing2

erringly, adverb Unabridged


[ur, er]
verb (used without object)
to go astray in thought or belief; be mistaken; be incorrect.
to go astray morally; sin: To err is human.
Archaic. to deviate from the true course, aim, or purpose.

1275–1325; Middle English erren < Old French errer < Latin errāre; akin to Gothic airzjan, Old High German irrôn, German irren

errability, noun
errable, adjective

1. air, e'er, ere, err, heir ; 2. er, err, ur-, Ur.

2. transgress, lapse. Unabridged
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err (ɜː)
1.  to make a mistake; be incorrect
2.  to stray from the right course or accepted standards; sin
3.  to act with bias, esp favourable bias: to err on the side of justice
[C14: erren to wander, stray, from Old French errer, from Latin errāre]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. errer, from L. errare "wander, go astray, be in error" (a general Gmc. borrowing, cf. O.H.G. arunti "message," O.N. erendi, Goth. airziþa "error, deception"), from PIE base *ers- "wander around" (cf. Skt. arsati "flows," O.E. ierre "angry, straying"). Related: Erred; erring.
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Example sentences
He's erring on the side of caution, but the thigh's not too bad.
It was delicious because the tang of the lemon kept it from erring on the side
  of sugar.
Political considerations argue for favoring the short run and erring on the
  side of stimulus.
We use it every day on erring celebrities and cheating politicians.
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