(third-person singular simple present errands, present participle erranding, simple past and past participle erranded)
- To send someone on an errand.
- All the servants were on holiday or erranded out of the house.
- (intransitive) To go on an errand.
- She spent an enjoyable afternoon erranding in the city.
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”).