truant

[troo-uhnt]
noun
1.
a student who stays away from school without permission.
2.
a person who shirks or neglects his or her duty.
adjective
3.
absent from school without permission.
4.
neglectful of duty or responsibility; idle.
5.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a truant.
verb (used without object)
6.
to be truant.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Old French: vagrant, beggar < Celtic; compare Welsh truan wretched, wretch

truantly, adverb
nontruant, noun, adjective
untruant, adjective


2. idler, shirker, layabout, loafer, malingerer.
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truant (ˈtruːənt)
 
n
1.  a person who is absent without leave, esp from school
 
adj
2.  being or relating to a truant
 
vb
3.  (intr) to play truant
 
[C13: from Old French: vagabond, probably of Celtic origin; compare Welsh truan miserable, Old Irish trōg wretched]
 
'truancy
 
n

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truant
early 13c., "beggar, vagabond," from O.Fr. truant "beggar, rogue" (12c.), from Gaulish *trougant- (cf. Breton *truan, later truant "vagabond," Welsh truan "wretch," Gaelic truaghan "wretched"). Cf. Sp. truhan "buffoon," from same source. Meaning "one who wanders from an appointed place" is first attested
mid-15c. The adj. is recorded from 1540s.
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Example sentences
Kids playing hooky and the truant officer gets his comeuppance in the end.
Rios did, with the help of a teacher at the school from which he had long been truant.
The first tour of the season to discover and report truant school-boys was made
  yesterday by the truancy agents.
By then, the days were long gone when truant officers had prowled the streets
  and visited homes to pick up hooky players.
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