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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: 'wanderer'

truant

noun
     
Related topics: School
tru‧ant [countable]
1SES a student who stays away from school without permission:
persistent truants
2

play truant

British EnglishSES to stay away from school without permission [= skive BrE; = play hooky AmE]
truant verb [intransitive]
truant adjective American English
Nick was truant seven days this month.

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