errand errand  /ˈɛ rənd/


  • (n) a short trip that is taken in the performance of a necessary task or mission


  1. When Whistler sent his famous Artist's Mother to the 1883 Paris Salon, his bright-eyed errand boy was 23-year-old Walter Sickert.
  2. A small boy's very boring errand day is transformed by an unusual promotional campaign, in which, for no good reason, a dinosaur comes with everything.
  3. On New Year's Eve, Tay told his parents he was going to run a quick errand, and wheeled his Christmas present, a cherry red Nissan 300ZX, out through the gates of the driveway.


  1. 2013 Ford C-Max Energi: Driven

    The 2013 Ford C-Max Energi is a plug-in hybrid. But if you keep your trip lengths relatively short, and get in the habit of plugging in at home and perhaps at work, it does a really good job pretending it's an all-electric car. Selecting the Energi's 'EV Now' mode, we managed to do a 20-mile round-trip errand, out to the suburbs and back, with...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Car Connection

  2. A note about opinion distribution

    Trying to predict the author of any given Supreme Court opinion is often a fool’s errand. The pattern by which Justices are assigned opinions isn’t entirely fixed. And the original author can lose the majority to some other member of the Court. That said, across an entire Term, the Chief Justice — who does most [...]
    on June 13, 2013     Source: SCOTUSblog

  3. Sheriff: Teacher charged after sending someone into her quarantined house

    OLIVER SPRINGS — An Oliver Springs High School teacher is alleged to have sent someone into her home on an errand after authorities quarantined it because a suspected meth lab had been found inside it.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Knoxville News Sentinel


  1. Dodd, who traveled to Iraq and Syria last month, wrote in a recent op-ed in The Des Moines Register that "searching for military solutions in Iraq today is a fool's errand."
    on Jan 10, 2007 By: Chris Dodd Source: CBS News

  2. "It's a fool's errand," said Gen. Barry McCaffrey.
    on Jan 17, 2007 By: Barry McCaffrey Source: FOXNews

  3. "I am not on a fool's errand; I realize I need your help," said Biden, who predicted that the top three finishers in the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3 will live to fight on, while the others will cease to be viable candidates.
    on Oct 29, 2007 By: Joe Biden Source: Forbes

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