Errand meaning

ĕrənd
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The thing to be done on such a trip; purpose or object for which one goes or is sent.
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(intransitive) To go on an errand.

She spent an enjoyable afternoon erranding in the city.

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To send someone on an errand.

All the servants were on holiday or erranded out of the house.

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A trip to carry a message or do a definite thing, often esp. for someone else.
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A trip to accomplish a small mission or to do some business (dropping items by, doing paperwork, going to a friend's house, etc.)

The errands before he could start the project included getting material at the store and getting the tools he had lent his neighbors.

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The definition of an errand is something you have to do or a short trip that usually just takes a little time.

An example of an errand is going to the dry cleaners.

An example of an errand is grocery shopping.

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The purpose of such trip.

I'm going to town on some errands.

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An oral message trusted to a person for delivery.
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Origin of errand

  • Middle English erand from Old English ǣrend

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

  • 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