truant
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈtɹʊənt ~ ˈtɹuː.ənt/
Adjective

truant (not comparable)

  1. Absent without permission, especially from school.
    He didn't graduate because he was chronically truant and didn't have enough attendances to meet the requirement.
  2. Wandering from business or duty; straying; loitering; idle, and shirking duty.
    • 1603+, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2
      A truant disposition, good my lord.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0045 ↗:
      Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. […] She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
Translations
  • Italian: pigro
  • Russian: прогу́ливающий
  • Spanish: truante
Noun

truant (plural truants)

  1. One who is absent without permission, especially from school.
Translations Verb

truant (truants, present participle truanting; past and past participle truanted)

  1. (intransitive) To play truant.
    the number of schoolchildren known to have truanted
  2. (transitive) To idle away; to waste.
    • I dare not be the author / Of truanting the time.
  3. To idle away time.
    • By this means they lost their time and truanted on the fundamental grounds of saving knowledge.



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