from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having no fixed or regular course; wandering.
- adj. Lacking consistency, regularity, or uniformity: an erratic heartbeat.
- adj. Deviating from the customary course in conduct or opinion; eccentric: erratic behavior.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. unsteady, random; prone to unexpected changes; not consistent
- n. A rock moved from one location to another, usually by a glacier.
- n. Anything that has erratic characteristics.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having no certain course; roving about without a fixed destination; wandering; moving; -- hence, applied to the planets as distinguished from the fixed stars.
- adj. Deviating from a wise of the common course in opinion or conduct; eccentric; strange; queer.
- adj. Irregular; changeable.
- n. One who deviates from common and accepted opinions; one who is eccentric or preserve in his intellectual character.
- n. A rogue.
- n. Any stone or material that has been borne away from its original site by natural agencies; esp., a large block or fragment of rock; a bowlder.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wandering; having no certain course; roving about without a fixed destination.
- Deviating from the proper or usual course in opinion or conduct; eccentric.
- Moving; not fixed or stationary: applied to the planets as distinguished from the fixed stars.
- In medicine, irregular; changeable; moving from point to point, as rheumatic or other pains, or appearing at indeterminate intervals, as some intermittent fevers.
- In geology, relating to or explanatory of the condition and distribution of erratics. See II., 2.
- n. One who or that which has wandered; a wanderer.
- n. Specifically In geology, a boulder or block which has been conveyed from its original site, probably by ice, and deposited at a distance; an erratic block. See erratic blocks, under I.
- n. An eccentric person.
- In zoology, occurring in an unusual location.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having no fixed course
- adj. likely to perform unpredictably
- adj. liable to sudden unpredictable change
In primaries McCain claimed and denounced the same multiple times, earning the title erratic
Senator Obama accused McCain of what he called erratic behavior.
Murerwa said the shortage of foreign currency had been worsened by what he called the erratic distribution of balance of payment support by the international community.
I noticed that they left out one salient bit- the term the Obama team has decided is to be used against Romney is "weird"- in the same way they hung the tag "erratic" on McCain.
The parliament's last speaker, Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, also a Sunni Arab, stepped down in December after lawmakers criticized what they called his erratic behavior.
State Senate Minority Leader John Land, a Democrat, accused Sanford of engaging in "erratic" behavior.
And if things are sometimes a little convenient, or seem to happen in erratic collapsing tiers of coincidence, well, that's what fairy tales do.
I suppose it could be said, as Michael Gerson has alleged, that the Obama campaign's choice of the word erratic to describe McCain is also an insinuation.
And she said she certainly did not use the word, at least she does not remember using the word erratic with police.
And I asked them, when you used the word erratic, that's a-- it's got a poisonous connotation there.