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Meaning of TRUANT

Pronunciation:  'troount

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  someone who shirks duty
  2. [n]  one who is absent from school without permission
  3. [adj]  absent without permission; "truant schoolboys"; "the soldier was AWOL for almost a week"

TRUANT is a 6 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: absent, awol, hooky player, nonattender, no-show
 See Also: absentee, offender, wrongdoer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tru"ant\, n. [F. truand, OF. truant, a vagrant, beggar;
    of Celtic origin; cf. W. tru, truan, wretched, miserable,
    truan a wretch, Ir. trogha miserable, Gael. truaghan a poor,
    distressed, or wretched creature, truagh wretched.]
    One who stays away from business or any duty; especially, one
    who stays out of school without leave; an idler; a loiterer;
    a shirk. --Dryden.
          I have a truant been to chivalry.        --Shak.
    {To play truant}, to stray away; to loiter; especially, to
       stay out of school without leave. --Sir T. Browne
  2. \Tru"ant\, a.
    Wandering from business or duty; loitering; idle, and
    shirking duty; as, a truant boy.
          While truant Jove, in infant pride, Played barefoot on
          Olympus' side.                           --Trumbull.
  3. \Tru"ant\, v. i. [Cf. F. truander.]
    To idle away time; to loiter, or wander; to play the truant.
          By this means they lost their time and truanted on the
          fundamental grounds of saving knowledge. --Lowell.
  4. \Tru"ant\, v. t.
    To idle away; to waste. [R.]
          I dare not be the author Of truanting the time. --Ford.