- a student who stays away from school without permission.
- a person who shirks or neglects his or her duty.
- absent from school without permission.
- neglectful of duty or responsibility; idle.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a truant.
- to be truant.
Origin of truant
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Examples from the Web for truant
A truant one, I fear, though you may have been born in London itself.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
I should like to inquire how his son, my truant protege', is going on.A Pair of Blue Eyes
Who shall say but the dove sigheth already for her truant mate?Sir Ludar
Talbot Baines Reed
At that the truant driver appeared, coming at a trot from down the street.From Place to Place
Irvin S. Cobb
I could see my mother looking from the window for her truant child.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
- a person who is absent without leave, esp from school
- being or relating to a truant
- (intr) to play truant
Word Origin and History for truant
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.