When you err, you make a mistake or do something wrong. When a newspaper reporter errs in a printed story, the paper often prints a correction the next day.

By itself, err, which shares a Latin root with error, is a formal way to say "mess up." The proverb "To err is human, to forgive divine" is an old-fashioned version of "Hey, everyone makes mistakes. Why don't you be the bigger person and let it go?" Err can also mean to go in a certain direction, as in another common saying, "Err on the side of caution," or "Play it safe."

Definitions of err
  1. verb
    make a mistake or be incorrect
    synonyms: mistake, slip
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    remember incorrectly
    slip up, stumble, trip up
    make an error
    judge incorrectly
    fall for
    be deceived, duped, or entrapped by
    underestimate, underrate
    make too low an estimate of
    overestimate, overrate
    make too high an estimate of
    miscalculate, misestimate
    judge incorrectly
  2. verb
    wander from a direct course or at random
    synonyms: drift, stray
    cast, drift, ramble, range, roam, roll, rove, stray, swan, tramp, vagabond, wander
    move about aimlessly or without any destination, often in search of food or employment
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    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
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