[ UK /tɹˈuːənt/ ]
[ US /ˈtɹuənt/ ]
  1. absent without permission
    truant schoolboys
    the soldier was AWOL for almost a week
  1. one who is absent from school without permission
  2. someone who shirks duty
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How To Use truant In A Sentence

  • We were always together and always playing truant from school. Lost Voices of the Edwardians: 19011910 in the words of the Men & Women Who Were There
  • So we plunge into its dingy maze with a hopeful and daring sensation of truantry. Times, Sunday Times
  • Ideas put forward yesterday for future use of new technology included allowing parents to check online whether their children are truanting, increasing online tax payments and more use of computers in the health service.
  • She soon began truanting and going missing for increasingly long periods of time.
  • Terrified of secondary school, she left after one year and played truant for the following three. Times, Sunday Times
  • A vio­lent, promiscuous, out-of-control teen who hated her parents, truanted to have sex with boys and used threats to make other children do what she wanted. Disordered Minds
  • Some education officers were also encouraging parents of truants to deregister their children from school, so they could meet new government targets for increasing school attendance.
  • Rather, the smell of the place urges me indeterminately, diffusedly, to truantry. Journeys to Bagdad
  • Playing truant from school is mitching in Ulster; twagging in East Yorkshire; slamming in Bradford; jigging in York; skidging in Paisley in Scotland; and skiving almost everywhere.
  • There are major differences between a kid on a gap year in Peru, to someone who can't find work but has qualifications, to someone who has disengaged from learning and truanted from age 14. Epolitix News
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