The definition of errant is straying from the normal course or not following guidelines or standards.adjective
- An example of errant used as an adjective is the phrase "errant traveler," which means a traveler who doesn't follow maps or guidebooks and who just goes where the road takes him.
- An example of errant used as an adjective is the phrase "errant students," which means students who never hand in their homework.
- roving or wandering, esp. in search of adventure; itinerant: a knight-errant
Origin: OFr, prp. of errer (see err), confused with errer, to rove, travelerring or straying from what is right or the right course
- shifting about: an errant wind
- Obsolete arrant
Origin: ME erraunt < OFr errant, prp. of errer < ML iterare, to travel < L iter, a journey: see itinerant
- errantly adverb
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- Roving, especially in search of adventure: knights errant.
- Straying from the proper course or standards: errant youngsters.
- a. Wandering outside the established limits: errant lambs.b. Aimless or irregular in motion: an errant afternoon breeze.
Origin: 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.
- erˈrant noun
- erˈrant·ly adverb