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Erra'nt. adj. [errans, Latin; errant, French.]

  1. Wandering; roving; rambling. Particularly applied to an order of knights much celebrated in romances, who roved about the world in search of adventures.

    There are just seven planets, or errant stars, in the lower orbs of heaven; but it is now demonstrable unto sense, that there are many more. Brown's Vulgar Errours, b. iv. c. 12.

    Chief of domestick knights and errant,
    Either for chartel or for warrant.

  2. Vile; abandoned; completely bad. See Arrant.

    Any way, so thou wilt do it, good impertinence:
    Thy company, if I slept not very well
    A-nights, would make me an errant fool with questions.
    Johnson's Catiline.

Sources: Browne, Thomas (203) · Butler, Samuel (98) · Jonson, Ben (70)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · French (385) · Latin (690)

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