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
  1. noun
    one who is absent from school without permission
    synonyms: hooky player
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    type of:
    one that is absent or not in residence
  2. noun
    someone who shirks duty
    synonyms: no-show, nonattender
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    type of:
    offender, wrongdoer
    a person who transgresses moral or civil law
  3. adjective
    absent without permission
    truant schoolboys”
    synonyms: awol
    not being in a specified place
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