What does truant mean?

Definitions for truant
ˈtru ənttru·ant

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word truant.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. truant, hooky playernoun

    one who is absent from school without permission

  2. no-show, nonattender, truantadjective

    someone who shirks duty

  3. truant, awoladjective

    absent without permission

    "truant schoolboys"; "the soldier was AWOL for almost a week"


  1. truantnoun

    One who is absent without permission, especially from school.

  2. truantadjective

    Describing one who is truant, absent without permission, especially from school.

    He didn't graduate because he was chronically truant and didn't have enough attendances to meet the requirement.

  3. Etymology: From trugant. Cognate with truaghan, trogha, trogán, truc, Welsh tru, and French truand.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Truantadjective

    Idle; wandering from business; lazy; loitering.

    What keeps you from Wertemberg?
    —— A truant disposition, good my lord. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    He made a blushing cital of himself,
    And chid his truant youth with such a grace,
    As if he master’d there a double spirit,
    Of teaching, and of learning instantly. William Shakespeare.

    Where thou seest a single sheep remain
    In shades aloof, or couch’d upon the plain,
    Or late to lag behind with truant pace,
    Revenge the crime, and take the traytor’s head. Dryden.

  2. Truantnoun

    An idler; one who wanders idly about, neglecting his duty or employment. To play the truant is, in schools, to stay from school without leave.

    Etymology: truand, old Fr. treuwant, Dutch, a vagabond.

    For my part I may speak it to my shame,
    I have a truant been to chivalry. William Shakespeare.

    Though myself have been an idle truant,
    Omitting the sweet benefit of time,
    To cloath mine age with angel-like perfection;
    Yet hath Sir Protheus made fair advantage of his days. William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona.

    Providence would only initiate mankind into the knowledge of her treasures, leaving the rest to our industry, that we might not live like idle loiterers and truants. More.

    Our ships are laden with the Trojan store,
    And you like truants come too late ashore. John Dryden, Æn.

  3. To Truantverb

    To idle at a distance from duty; to loiter; to be lazy.

    Etymology: truander, to beg about a country, French; truwanten, old German.

    ’Tis double wrong to truant with your bed,
    And let her read it in thy looks at board. William Shakespeare.


  1. truant

    A truant is a person, especially a student, who stays away from school or any other obligation without permission or a valid reason. It can also refer to the act of being absent without permission.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Truantnoun

    one who stays away from business or any duty; especially, one who stays out of school without leave; an idler; a loiterer; a shirk

  2. Truantadjective

    wandering from business or duty; loitering; idle, and shirking duty; as, a truant boy

  3. Truantverb

    to idle away time; to loiter, or wander; to play the truant

  4. Truantverb

    to idle away; to waste


  1. truANT

    Truant is Alien Ant Farm's third album. It was released on August 8, 2003 by DreamWorks Records. The producers of the album were Stone Temple Pilots' guitarist and bassist Robert DeLeo and Dean DeLeo. The music video for track "These Days" was filmed on a roof top across the street from the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. The surprise video shoot was shot during the 2003 BET Awards while numerous hip hop artists and rappers were arriving on the red carpet before the awards show. The video catches the reaction from many artists, including Nelly, Snoop Dogg, and Lil' Kim. The song "These Days" appeared on EA sports video game Madden NFL 2004. Also, the song "S.S. Recognize" was on NHL 2004. The album art is based on the classic Pee Chee brand school folder, featuring the faces of the band members.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Truant

    trōō′ant, n. an idler: a boy who, idly or without excuse, absents himself from school.—adj. wandering from duty: loitering: idle.—v.i. to play truant.—ns. Tru′ancy, Tru′antship.—Play truant, to stay from school without leave. [O. Fr. truand—Celt.; W. truan, wretched, Bret. truek, a beggar.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of truant in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of truant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of truant in a Sentence

  1. Sir Philip Sidney:

    But words came halting forth, wanting Inventions stayInvention, Natures child, fled step-dame Studys blows...Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite,Fool, said my Muse to me look in thy heart and write.

  2. Mark Mastrov:

    He can become a truant of the state and he could be arrested, i said,' Are you going to come and try to arrest my son at my home, or fine me for not getting him to his Zoom class perfectly on time everyday ?'.

  3. Philip Sidney:

    Thus, with child to speak, and helpless in my throes, biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite: Fool! said my muse to me, look in thy heart, and write.

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  • Schulschwänzerin, Schwänzer, Schwänzerin, SchulschwänzerGerman
  • pinnaava, lintsari, lintsaava, pinnariFinnish
  • l'école buissonnièreFrench
  • अनुपस्थित रहनेHindi
  • assenteItalian
  • spijbelaar, spijbelend, verzuimenDutch
  • skulkerNorwegian
  • nieobecnyPolish
  • прогу́льщик, прогу́льщица, прогу́ливающийRussian

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