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err (v.)

c. 1300, from Old French errer "go astray, lose one's way; make a mistake; transgress," from Latin errare "wander, go astray," figuratively "be in error," from PIE root *ers- (1) "be in motion, wander around" (source also of Sanskrit arsati "flows;" Old English ierre "angry; straying;" Old Frisian ire "angry;" Old High German irri "angry," irron "astray;" Gothic airziþa "error; deception;" the Germanic words reflecting the notion of anger as a "straying" from normal composure). Related: Erred; erring.

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Definitions of err

err (v.)
to make a mistake or be incorrect;
Synonyms: mistake / slip
err (v.)
wander from a direct course or at random;
Synonyms: stray / drift
From wordnet.princeton.edu