- A student who stays away from school without leave or explanation.More example sentences
- Known truants were staying in school and had been deterred from leaving school grounds.
- The school collaborates with a charity to inspire and re-engage underachieving pupils and chronic truants.
- But she wonders if ministers quite understand the real world when she hears ideas such as head teachers' issuing fixed penalty notice fines to truants ' parents.
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- 1(Of a student) being a truant: truant childrenMore example sentences
- He sounded like the school headmaster quietly but firmly dressing down a truant pupil.
- Having been a truant pupil himself, Mark was keen to ensure that they did not follow in his footsteps, although they were rarely excused from helping him with his own projects.
- Under the scheme, truant pupils are identified and the welfare service tries to help them.
- 1.1Wandering; straying: her truant husbandMore example sentences
- Two grown daughters in the family join the truant male whenever the old man launches into story.
- Here are the other truant titans, along with their stated reasons for missing the premier IFBB contest.
- There the boy is captured by Jack's colleagues, who have been commanded by the Lord to kill their truant captain.
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- another way of saying play truant below.More example sentences
- In North Yorkshire, the figures were a little better with 17 children found truanting, eight of whom were with an adult.
- A young person can end up facing a children's panel - or ‘hearing’ - for criminal activity, truanting, running away from home or equally because they are at risk from physical abuse or neglect.
- Boys who had been truanting and priding themselves on being cheeky and ‘hard ‘turned out to be brilliant at woodwork.
- Stay away from school or work without permission or explanation; play hooky.More example sentences
- This showed that there were 1.1 million pupils who had played truant in the course of the last school year - up from 0.96 million five years before.
- She often plays truant and stays home, where she is happiest working with Pa in his machine shop in the yard.
- When I first started there were a number of pupils outside of lessons playing truant.
Middle English (denoting a person begging through choice rather than necessity): from Old French, probably ultimately of Celtic origin; compare with Welsh truan, Scottish Gaelic truaghan 'wretched'.