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truant

noun tru·ant \ ˈtrü-ənt \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of truant

: one who shirks duty; especially : one who stays out of school without permission

Examples of truant in a Sentence

  1. an increasing number of truants

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Origin and Etymology of truant

Middle English, vagabond, idler, from Anglo-French, of Celt origin; akin to Old Irish trógán wretch, trúag wretched


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truant

adjective

Definition of truant

1 : shirking responsibility
2 : being, resembling, or characteristic of a truant

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First Known Use of truant

1561

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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truant

verb

Definition of truant

: to idle away time especially while playing truant

First Known Use of truant

1580

in the meaning defined above

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TRUANT Defined for English Language Learners

truant

Definition of truant for English Language Learners

  • : a student who misses school without permission


TRUANT Defined for Kids

truant

noun tru·ant \ ˈtrü-ənt \

Definition of truant for Students

1 : a student who stays out of school without permission
2 : a person who neglects his or her duty


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