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err  (ɜː


verb (intransitive)

  1. to make a mistake; be incorrect
  2. to stray from the right course or accepted standards; sin
  3. to act with bias, esp favourable bias   ⇒ to err on the side of justice

Word Origin

C14: erren to wander, stray, from Old French errer, from Latin errāre


View thesaurus entry
= make a mistake, mistake, go wrong, blunder, slip up (informal), misjudge, be incorrect, be inaccurate, miscalculate, go astray, be in error, put your foot in it (informal), misapprehend, blot your copybook (informal), drop a brick or clanger (informal)
= sin, fall, offend, lapse, trespass, do wrong, deviate, misbehave, go astray, transgress, be out of order, blot your copybook (informal)

Quotations including 'err'

  • "To err is human, to forgive divine" [Alexander Pope

Translations for 'err'

  • British English: err If you err, you make a mistake. VERBIt criticizes the main contractor for seriously erring in its original estimates.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: errar
  • Chinese: 犯错犯错錯
  • European Spanish: errar
  • French: se tromper
  • German: sich irren
  • Italian: errare
  • Japanese: 誤る
  • Korean: 실수하다
  • Portuguese: errar
  • Spanish: errar

Example Sentences Including 'err'

Llewelyn was his sister's husband and therefore entitled to err.
Penman, Sharon Here Be Dragons
Both the boy and Chade were eager for us to press on, but I was determined to err on the side of caution after our near disaster.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)
more or less as yainy oonoatimy) will err little more than Bilbo, Meriadoc, or Peregrin.
J.R.R. Tolkien THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)


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