Errant meaning

ĕrənt
Failing to adhere to guidelines or moral standards.

Errant youngsters.

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(proscribed) Utter, complete (negative); arrant.
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The definition of errant is straying from the normal course or not following guidelines or standards.

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.

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Roving, especially in search of adventure.

Knights errant.

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Roving or wandering, esp. in search of adventure; itinerant.

A knight-errant.

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Origin of errant

  • Middle English erraunt from Anglo-Norman partly from Old French errer to travel about (from Vulgar Latin iterāre) (from Latin iter journey ei- in Indo-European roots) and partly from Old French errer to err err

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

  • From Anglo-Norman erraunt, from Old French errant, from Latin errans (“wandering”).

    From Wiktionary