Adjective "errand" definition and examples

(Errand may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A short journey undertaken in order to deliver or collect something, especially on someone else's behalf.
  1. 'Later that afternoon, after he'd run all his errands, Clay walked back to the boarding house.'
  2. 'However, her younger brother's tutor agreed to the errand on her behalf when he discovered that Mary had been listening to his lessons and was not totally absorbed in her stitchery.'
  3. 'You run errands for a couple of people, and these errands let you be a delivery boy most of the time.'
  4. 'If the answer is yes, try to combine several errands in one trip.'
  5. 'Children are expected to help carry water, collect firewood, and run errands for their mothers.'
  6. 'I asked other parents when they began leaving their children alone, either for a short errand or during after-school hours.'
  7. 'Street vendors displayed colourful wares of fruits to crowds of people out for walks or errands.'
  8. 'I have a short errand to run, then I'll reschedule my meeting with Mark and plunge back into the fray.'
  9. 'That implies a contract of service, a master-servant relationship - the person is carrying an errand on behalf of someone and is being directed by him or her.'
  10. 'You just need to do a couple of short errands, so you don't feel it is necessary to buckle up.'
  11. 'she knew that if she stated her errand she would not be able to see him'
  12. 'Yesterday my list of errands included a stop at the store to buy DVD-Rs on sale.'
  13. 'She called me way too early in the morning and informed me of my new errand or duty.'
  14. 'Daily errands will include providing meals, responding to calls for attention and overseeing visits by relatives.'

More definitions

1. a short and quick trip to accomplish a specific purpose, as to buy something, deliver a package, or convey a message, often for someone else.

2. the purpose of such a trip: He finished his errands.

3. a special mission or function entrusted to a messenger; commission.

More examples(as adjective)

"runners can be errand."


Old English ǣrende ‘message, mission’, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German ārunti, and obscurely to Swedish ärende and Danish ærinde.


errand of mercy