Errand Definition

ĕrənd
errands
noun
A trip to carry a message or do a definite thing, often esp. for someone else.
Webster's New World
A short trip taken to perform a specified task, usually for another.
American Heritage
The thing to be done on such a trip; purpose or object for which one goes or is sent.
Webster's New World
A mission; an embassy.
American Heritage
An oral message that has been entrusted to one.
American Heritage
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verb
To send someone on an errand.
All the servants were on holiday or erranded out of the house.
Wiktionary
(intransitive) To go on an errand.
She spent an enjoyable afternoon erranding in the city.
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Errand

Noun

Singular:
errand
Plural:
errands

Origin of Errand

  • From Middle English erande, erende, from Old English ǣrende (“errand, message; mission; embassy; answer, news, tidings, business, care”), from Proto-Germanic *airundiją (“message, errand”), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *ey- (“to go”). Cognate with German dialectal Erend, Ernd (“order, contract, task, errand”), Danish ærinde (“errand”), Swedish ärende (“errand”), Norwegian ærend (“errand”), Icelandic eyrindi, erindi (“errand”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English erand from Old English ǣrend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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