errant ADJECTIVE 1) chiefly formal or humorous straying from the accepted course or standards. 2) archaic or literary travelling in search of adventure.
DERIVATIVES errantry noun.
ORIGIN sense 1 from Latin errare 'err' ; sense 2 from Old French, 'travelling' , from Latin iterare.

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  • Errantry — Er rant*ry, n. 1. A wandering; a roving; esp., a roving in quest of adventures. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. The employment of a knight errant. Johnson. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • errantry — [er′ən trē] n. the condition or behavior of a knight errant; spirit or deeds of chivalry …   English World dictionary

  • Errantry — For the state of roving in search of chivalrous adventure, see knight errant. Errantry is a three page long poem by J.R.R. Tolkien, first published in 1933.[1] It was included in Tolkien s short poetry collection The Adventures of Tom Bombadil… …   Wikipedia

  • errantry — Synonyms and related words: Wanderjahr, aberrancy, aberration, afoot and lighthearted, bend, bias, bigheartedness, bigness, branching off, bumming, chivalrousness, chivalry, circuitousness, corner, crook, curve, declination, departure, detour,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • errantry — ˈerəntrē, ri sometimes ˈər.ə or ˈarə or ˈə̄rə noun ( es) : wandering; especially : a roving in quest of knightly adventure set out on their tour with a sense of errantry …   Useful english dictionary

  • errantry — noun (plural ries) Date: 1620 the quality, condition, or fact of wandering; especially a roving in search of chivalrous adventure …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • errantry — /er euhn tree/, n., pl. errantries. conduct or performance like that of a knight errant. [1645 55; ERRANT + RY] * * * …   Universalium

  • errantry — noun The state of roving in search of chivalrous adventure …   Wiktionary

  • errantry — er·rant·ry || erÉ™ntrɪ n. way of life of a traveling knight; employment of a knight errant …   English contemporary dictionary

  • errantry — er·rant·ry …   English syllables

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