errantly


adjective

  1. deviating from the regular or proper course; erring; straying.
  2. journeying or traveling, as a medieval knight in quest of adventure; roving adventurously.
  3. moving in an aimless or lightly changing manner: an errant breeze.

adjective (often postpositive)

  1. archaic, or literary wandering in search of adventure
  2. erring or straying from the right course or accepted standards
adj.

mid-14c., “travelling, roving,” from Anglo-French erraunt, from two Old French words that were confused even before they reached English: 1. Old French errant, present participle of errer “to travel or wander,” from Late Latin iterare, from Latin iter “journey, way,” from root of ire “to go” (see ion); 2. Old French errant, past participle of errer (see err). The senses fused in English 14c., but much of the sense of the latter since has gone with arrant.

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