[troo-uh n-see]

noun, plural tru·an·cies.

the act or state of being truant.
an instance of being truant: His parents were questioned about his many truancies.

Also truantry.

Origin of truancy

First recorded in 1775–85; tru(ant) + -ancy
Related formsnon·tru·an·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for truancy

cutting, hooky, cut, AWOL, skipping, truantry

Examples from the Web for truancy

Contemporary Examples of truancy

Historical Examples of truancy

  • She was accused of truancy; she admitted it, even confessed her rendezvous in the Park.

    The Cricket

    Marjorie Cooke

  • Your truancy has been grievous to your friends, no less than to yourself.

    The Fair God

    Lew Wallace

  • Now I differ with him, and I even mean to win this day by such a piece of truancy.

    The Rise of Iskander

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • They treated us as truants only, and as if they quite understood our truancy.


    Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman

  • I have my own idea of how this truancy question is going to be solved.

    A Ten Year War

    Jacob A. Riis

Word Origin and History for truancy

1784, from truant + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper