Errant vs Errantly - What's the difference?
As an adjective errant
is straying from the proper course or standard, or outside established limits.
As an adverb errantly is
in an errant manner.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
* (l) (obsolete)
Straying from the proper course or standard, or outside established limits.
* Sir Thomas Browne
Prone to making errors.
(proscribed) Utter, complete (negative); arrant.
* Ben Jonson
- seven planets or errant stars in the lower orbs of heaven
- would make me an errant fool
Sometimes is considered simply an alternative spelling and pronunciation of errant', though many authorities distinguish them, reserving '''errant''' to mean “wandering” and using it ''after'' the noun it modifies, notably is “knight '''errant ”, while using ''arrant'' to mean “utter”, in a negative sense, and ''before'' the noun it modifies, notably in “''arrant knaves”.
Etymologically, arrant arose as a variant of errant , but the meanings have long since diverged. Both terms are archaic, primarily used in set phrases (which may be considered ), and are easily confused, and on that basis some authorities suggest against using either.
arrant/errant”, Common Errors in English Usage, Paul Brians
On Language: Arrant Nonsense, (William Safire), January 22, 2006, (New York Times)
* Merriam–Webster’s dictionary of English usage, 1995,
“errant, arrant”, pp. 406–407