- Rhymes: -ʊənt
From Middle English truant, truand, trewande, trowant (= Middle Dutch trouwant, trawant, truwant), from Old French truand, truant (“a vagabond, beggar, rogue", also "beggarly, roguish”), of Celtic origin, perhaps from Gaulish *trugan, or from Breton truan. Cognate with Scottish Gaelic truaghan, Irish trogha (“destitute”), trogán, Breton truc (“beggar”), Welsh tru.
truant (not comparable)
- 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.
- Wandering from business or duty; straying; loitering; idle, and shirking duty.
- A truant fly can get in your eye.
- 1603+, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2
- A truant disposition, good my lord.
- 1772, John Trumbull, The Owl and the Sparrow, p.149
- While truant Jove, in infant pride, / Play'd barefoot on Olympus' side.
- 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, Ch.I:
- Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. […] She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.}}
truant (plural truants)
- (intransitive) To play truant.
- the number of schoolchildren known to have truanted
- (transitive) To idle away; to waste.
- I dare not be the author / Of truanting the time.
- To idle away time.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- By this means they lost their time and truanted on the fundamental grounds of saving knowledge.