Arrant in Scrabble Dictionary

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Definitions and meaning of arrant

arrant

Alternative forms

  • arraunt (obsolete)

Etymology

Alteration of errant. Originally meaning wandering, the term came to be an intensifier due to its use as an epithet, e.g. in the phrases arrant thieves and arrant knaves (i.e., “wandering bandits”).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈæɹənt/
  • (General American) enPR: ărʹənt
    • (Marymarrymerry distinction) IPA(key): /ˈæɹənt/
    • (Marymarrymerry merger) IPA(key): /ˈɛɹənt/
  • (Marymarrymerry distinction)
  • Homophone: errant (in accents with the Mary–marry–merry merger)

Adjective

arrant (comparative arranter, superlative arrantest)

  1. Utter; complete (with a negative sense).
    arrant nonsense! [1708]
  2. Obsolete form of errant.
    • circa 1600, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, scene 1:
      We are arrant knaves all; believe none of us.

Usage notes

Particularly used in the phrase “arrant knaves”, quoting Hamlet, and “arrant nonsense”.

Some dictionaries consider arrant simply an alternative form of errant, but in usage they have long since split.

The word has long been considered archaic, may be confused with errant, and is used primarily in clichés, on which basis some recommend against using it.

Translations

References

  • “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

Source: wiktionary.org