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truant (n.)

c. 1200, "beggar, vagabond," from Old French truant "beggar, rogue" (12c.), as an adjective, "wretched, miserable, of low caste," from Gaulish *trougant- (compare Breton *truan, later truant "vagabond," Welsh truan "wretch," Gaelic truaghan "wretched"), of uncertain origin. Compare Spanish truhan "buffoon," from same source. Meaning "one who wanders from an appointed place," especially "a child who stays away from school without leave" is first attested mid-15c.

truant (adj.)

"idle, loitering, given to shirking duty or business," 1540s, from truant (n.).

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Definitions of truant from WordNet
1
truant (n.)
one who is absent from school without permission;
Synonyms: hooky player
truant (n.)
someone who shirks duty;
Synonyms: no-show / nonattender
2
truant (adj.)
absent without permission;
truant schoolboys
Synonyms: awol
From wordnet.princeton.edu