Arrant vs. Errant - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Arrant (adjective)

    Utter; complete (with a negative sense).

    "arrant nonsense! defdate|1708Thomas Bennet, A Brief History of the Joint Use of Recompos'd Set Forms of Prayer...to wich is annexed a Discourse of the Gost of Prayer], [http://books.google.ch/books?id=3FwdDT88Yq4C&pg=PA187 p. 187]"

  • Arrant (adjective)

    obsolete form of errant

  • Errant (adjective)

    Straying from the proper course or standard, or outside established limits.

  • Errant (adjective)

    Wandering; roving around.

  • Errant (adjective)

    Prone to making errors; misbehaved.

    "We ran down the street in pursuit of the errant dog."

  • Errant (adjective)

    Utter, complete (negative); arrant.

  • Errant (noun)

    A knight-errant.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Arrant (adjective)

    complete, utter

    "what arrant nonsense!"

  • Errant (adjective)

    erring or straying from the accepted course or standards

    "an errant husband coming back from a night on the tiles"

  • Errant (adjective)

    not in the right place; having moved from the correct position or course

    "fear of being hit by an errant bullet"

    "an errant strand of hair"

  • Errant (adjective)

    (of a polychaete worm) of a predatory kind that moves about actively and is not confined to a tube or burrow.

  • Errant (adjective)

    travelling in search of adventure

    "that same lady errant"

Webster Dictionary

  • Arrant (adjective)

    Notoriously or preëminently bad; thorough or downright, in a bad sense; shameless; unmitigated; as, an arrant rogue or coward.

  • Arrant (adjective)

    Thorough or downright, in a good sense.

  • Errant (adjective)

    Wandering; deviating from an appointed course, or from a direct path; roving.

  • Errant (adjective)

    Notorious; notoriously bad; downright; arrant.

  • Errant (adjective)

    Journeying; itinerant; - formerly applied to judges who went on circuit and to bailiffs at large.

  • Errant (noun)

    One who wanders about.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Arrant (adjective)

    without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers;

    "an arrant fool"

    "a complete coward"

    "a consummate fool"

    "a double-dyed villain"

    "gross negligence"

    "a perfect idiot"

    "pure folly"

    "what a sodding mess"

    "stark staring mad"

    "a thoroughgoing villain"

    "utter nonsense"

  • Errant (adjective)

    straying from the right course or from accepted standards;

    "errant youngsters"

  • Errant (adjective)

    uncontrolled motion that is irregular or unpredictable;

    "an errant breeze"

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