- The definition of arrant is absolutely, completely or utterly.
When a statement is absolutely, completely ridiculous, the statement is an example of arrant nonsense.
Origin of arrantvariant, variety of errant
Origin of arrantVariant of errant.
(comparative arranter, superlative arrantest)
Particularly used in the phrase “arrant knaves”, quoting Hamlet, and “arrant nonsense”.
Some dictionaries consider arrant simply an alternative form of errant, but in usage they have long split.
The word has long been considered archaic, may be confused with errant, and is used primarily in clichés, on which basis some recommend against using it.
Alteration of errant. Originally meaning wandering (errant), the term came to be an intensifier due to its use as an epithet, e.g. in the phrases "arrant thieves" and "arrant knaves" (i.e., wandering bandits).