A Dictionary of the English Language
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A'rrant. adj. [a word of uncertain etymology, but probably from errant, which being at first applied to its proper signification to vagabonds, as an errant or arrant rogue, that is, a rambling rogue, lost, in time, its original signification, and being by its use understood to imply something bad, was applied at large to any thing that was mentioned with hatred or contempt.] Bad in high degree.

Country folks, who hallooed and hooted after me, as at the arrantest coward that ever shewed his shoulders to the enemy. Sidney, b. ii.

A vain fool grows forty times an arranter sot than before. L'Estrange's Fables.

And let him every deity adore,
If his new bride prove not an arrant whore.
Dryd. Juven.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Sidney, Philip (140)

Attributes: Adjective (426)

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