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er·rat·ic

erratic

 
 
pronunciation:
ih rae tihk
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: not expected or predicted; not regular.
The farmer was surprised by the erratic weather.
synonyms:
irregular
antonyms:
regular
similar words:
random
definition 2: not usual or accepted.
We were confused by his erratic ideas.
synonyms:
eccentric, odd, queer
antonyms:
orthodox
similar words:
irregular, peculiar
derivation: erratically (adv.)
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The word erratic contains the following parts:
err Latin root that means error, wander
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-ic Latin and Greek adjective-forming suffix that means like, pertaining to
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The suffix -ic attaches to roots and words of Greek or Latin origin to form adjectives. A few words ending in -ic (magic , critic , music ) were adjectives that became nouns in Greek before they entered English, also as nouns.