erratic vs fickle what difference

what is difference between erratic and fickle

English

Alternative forms

  • erratick, erraticke, erratique (all obsolete)

Etymology

From Latin erraticus; compare Old French erratique.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈɹætɪk/
  • Rhymes: -ætɪk

Adjective

erratic (comparative more erratic, superlative most erratic)

  1. unsteady, random; prone to unexpected changes; not consistent
    Henry has been getting erratic scores on his tests: 40% last week, but 98% this week.
  2. Deviating from normal opinions or actions; eccentric; odd.
    erratic conduct

Antonyms

  • consistent

Derived terms

  • erratical
  • erratically
  • erraticness

Translations

Noun

erratic (plural erratics)

  1. (geology) A rock moved from one location to another, usually by a glacier.
    • 2003, Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, BCA 2003, p. 372:
      The term for a displaced boulder is an erratic, but in the nineteenth century the expression seemed to apply more often to the theories than to the rocks.
  2. Anything that has erratic characteristics.

Synonyms

  • (glaciers): dropstone

Translations

Anagrams

  • Cartier, cartier, cirrate, rice rat


English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɪk.əl/
  • Rhymes: -ɪkəl

Etymology 1

From Middle English fikil, fikel, from Old English ficol (fickle, cunning, tricky, deceitful), equivalent to fike +‎ -le. More at fike.

Adjective

fickle (comparative fickler or more fickle, superlative ficklest or most fickle)

  1. Quick to change one’s opinion or allegiance; insincere; not loyal or reliable.
  2. (figuratively) Changeable.
    • 2014, Paul Salopek, Blessed. Cursed. Claimed., National Geographic (December 2014)[1]
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English fikelen, from fikel (fickle); see above. Cognate with Low German fikkelen (to deceive, flatter), German ficklen, ficheln (to deceive, flatter).

Verb

fickle (third-person singular simple present fickles, present participle fickling, simple past and past participle fickled)

  1. (transitive) To deceive, flatter.
  2. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To puzzle, perplex, nonplus.

Anagrams

  • Fickel

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