Errant vs Itinerant - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between errant and itinerant
is that errant
is straying from the proper course or standard, or outside established limits while itinerant
is which travels to perform its functions.
As a noun itinerant is
a homeless person.
* (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
Habitually travelling from place to place.
- an itinerant preacher or peddler
- The king's own courts were then itinerant , being kept in the king's palace, and removing with his household in those royal progresses which he continually made.
One who travels from place to place.
(Ireland) a member of the Travelling Community, whether settled or not.