erratic vs temperamental what difference

what is difference between erratic and temperamental

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

Etymology

temperament +‎ -al

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɛntəl

Adjective

temperamental (comparative more temperamental, superlative most temperamental)

  1. (not comparable) Of, related to, or caused by temperament.
  2. Subject to changing and unpredictable emotional states; moody, capricious; sometimes used figuratively to describe user-unfriendly or unstable machines or software that are either complicated and/or have poorly written instructions and are subsequently difficult to operate.

Derived terms

  • temperamentally

Translations


Spanish

Adjective

temperamental (plural temperamentales)

  1. temperamental, moody

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