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truant

[troo-uh nt] /ˈtru ənt/
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
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French: vagrant, beggar < Celtic; compare Welsh truan wretched, wretch
Related forms
truantly, adverb
nontruant, noun, adjective
untruant, adjective
Synonyms
2. idler, shirker, layabout, loafer, malingerer.
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British Dictionary definitions for untruant

truant

/ˈtruːənt/
noun
1.
a person who is absent without leave, esp from school
adjective
2.
being or relating to a truant
verb
3.
(intransitive) to play truant
Derived Forms
truancy, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French: vagabond, probably of Celtic origin; compare Welsh truan miserable, Old Irish trōg wretched
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Word Origin and History for untruant

truant

n.

early 13c., "beggar, vagabond," from Old French truant "beggar, rogue" (12c.), from Gaulish *trougant- (cf. Breton *truan, later truant "vagabond," Welsh truan "wretch," Gaelic truaghan "wretched"). Cf. Spanish truhan "buffoon," from same source. Meaning "one who wanders from an appointed place" is first attested mid-15c. The adjective is recorded from 1540s.

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