A truant is a student who is out of school without permission. If you skip school to go shopping with your friends, you are a truant.

A person can be a truant, and behavior can be described as truant too, since it's both a noun and an adjective. Your teacher might call you a truant if you skip school and if you didn't show up at your donut shop job, you would also be a truant donut slinger. In fact, anyone who's unexpectedly absent can be described as truant. The Old French truant describes a beggar, especially one who lives this way by choice.

Definitions of truant

n one who is absent from school without permission

hooky player
Type of:
one that is absent or not in residence

n someone who shirks duty

no-show, nonattender
Type of:
offender, wrongdoer
a person who transgresses moral or civil law

adj absent without permission

truant schoolboys”
not being in a specified place

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