arrant
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈæɹənt/
  • (GA) enPR: ărʹənt
    • (nMmmm) IPA: /ˈæɹənt/
    • (Mmmm) IPA: /ˈɛɹənt/
Adjective

arrant (comparative arranter, superlative arrantest)

  1. Utter; complete (with a negative sense).
    arrant nonsense! [1708]
    • 1638, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], “Symptomes of Iealousie, Fear, Sorrow, Suspition, Strange Actions, Gestures, Outrages, Locking Up, Oathes, Trials, Lawes, &c.”, in The Anatomy of Melancholy. […], 5th edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed [by Robert Young, Miles Flesher, and Leonard Lichfield and William Turner] for Henry Cripps, OCLC 932915040 ↗, partition 3, section 3, member 2, subsection 1, page 610 ↗:
      He cals her on a ſudden, all to naught; ſhe is a ſtrumpet, a light huswife, a bitch, an arrant whore.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, “In which the Surgeon Makes His Second Appearance”, in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In Six Volumes, volume III, London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, […], OCLC 928184292 ↗, book VIII, page 164 ↗:
      He is an arrant Scrub, I aſſure you.
    • 1851 November 13, Herman Melville, “The Spouter-Inn”, in Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, 1st American edition, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers; London: Richard Bentley, OCLC 57395299 ↗, page 16 ↗:
      The liquor soon mounted into their heads, as it generally does even with the arrantest topers newly landed from sea, and they began capering about most obstreperously.
  2. Obsolete form of errant#English|errant.
    • circa 1600, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, scene 1:
      We are arrant knaves all; believe none of us.
Translations
  • Russian: су́щий

Arrant
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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