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errant

[er-uh nt] /ˈɛr ənt/
adjective
1.
deviating from the regular or proper course; erring; straying.
2.
journeying or traveling, as a medieval knight in quest of adventure; roving adventurously.
3.
moving in an aimless or lightly changing manner:
an errant breeze.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English erraunt < Middle French, Old French errant, present participle of errer, edrer to travel < Vulgar Latin *iterāre to journey, for Late Latin itinerārī, derivative of iter, stem itiner- journey (see itinerary); confused with Middle French errant, present participle of errer to err
Related forms
errantly, adverb
nonerrant, adjective
nonerrantly, adverb
unerrant, adjective
unerrantly, adverb
Can be confused
arrant, errant.
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errant

/ˈɛrənt/
adjective (often postpositive)
1.
(archaic or literary) wandering in search of adventure
2.
erring or straying from the right course or accepted standards
Derived Forms
errantly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French: journeying, from Vulgar Latin iterāre (unattested), from Latin iter journey; influenced by Latin errāre to err
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Word Origin and History for unerrant
errant
mid-14c., from Anglo-Fr. erraunt, from two O.Fr. words that were confused even before they reached English: 1. O.Fr. 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); 2. O.Fr. errant, pp. of errer (see err). Much of the sense of the latter has gone with English arrant.
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