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 Dictionary entry overview: What does erratic mean? 

ERRATIC (adjective)
  The adjective ERRATIC has 3 senses:

1. having no fixed course
2. liable to sudden unpredictable change
3. likely to perform unpredictably

  Familiarity information: ERRATIC used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

ERRATIC (adjective)

Sense 1erratic [BACK TO TOP]


Having no fixed course


erratic; planetary; wandering

Context examples:

an erratic comet / his life followed a wandering course / a planetary vagabond


unsettled (not settled or established)

Sense 2erratic [BACK TO TOP]


Liable to sudden unpredictable change


mercurial; quicksilver; erratic; fickle

Context examples:

erratic behavior / fickle weather / mercurial twists of temperament / a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next


changeable; changeful (such that alteration is possible; having a marked tendency to change)

Sense 3erratic [BACK TO TOP]


Likely to perform unpredictably


erratic; temperamental

Context examples:

erratic winds are the bane of a sailor / a temperamental motor; sometimes it would start and sometimes it wouldn't / that beautiful but temperamental instrument the flute


undependable; unreliable (not worthy of reliance or trust)

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