erratic vs wandering what difference

what is difference between erratic and wandering

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

wander +‎ -ing

Pronunciation

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈwɑndəɹɪŋ/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɒndəɹɪŋ/

Adjective

wandering (not comparable)

  1. Which wanders; travelling from place to place.
  2. (medicine, of an organ) Abnormally capable of moving in certain directions.
    a wandering kidney; a wandering liver

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

wandering (plural wanderings)

  1. Travelling without preset route; roaming.
  2. Irregular turning of the eyes.
  3. Aimless thought.
  4. Straying from a desired path.
  5. (chiefly in the plural) Disordered speech or delirium.

Derived terms

  • outwandering

Translations

Verb

wandering

  1. present participle of wander

Anagrams

  • wardening

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