from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To make an error or a mistake.
- intransitive v. To violate accepted moral standards; sin.
- intransitive v. Archaic To stray.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make a mistake.
- v. To sin.
- v. to stray.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To wander; to roam; to stray.
- intransitive v. To deviate from the true course; to miss the thing aimed at.
- intransitive v. To miss intellectual truth; to fall into error; to mistake in judgment or opinion; to be mistaken.
- intransitive v. To deviate morally from the right way; to go astray, in a figurative sense; to do wrong; to sin.
- intransitive v. To offend, as by erring.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To wander; go in a devious and uncertain course.
- To deviate from the true course or purpose; hence, to wander from truth or from the path of duty; depart from rectitude; go astray morally.
- To go astray in thought or belief; be mistaken; blunder; misapprehend.
- To mislead; cause to deviate from truth or rectitude.
- To miss; mistake.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to make a mistake or be incorrect
- v. wander from a direct course or at random
Middle English erren, from Old French errer, from Latin errāre, to wander; see ers- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English erren, from Old French errer ("to wander, err, mistake"), from Latin errō ("wander, stray, err, mistake", v), from Proto-Indo-European *ares- (“to be angry, lose one's temper”). Cognate with Old English eorre, ierre ("anger, wrath, ire"), Old English iersian ("to be angry with, rage, irritate, provoke"), Old English ierre ("wandering, gone astray, confused"). (Wiktionary)