To play truant
Truant Tru"ant, n. [F. truand, OF. truant, a vagrant, beggar; of Celtic origin; cf. W. tru, truan, wretched, miserable, truan a wretch, Ir. trogha miserable, Gael. truaghan a poor, distressed, or wretched creature, truagh wretched.] One who stays away from business or any duty; especially, one who stays out of school without leave; an idler; a loiterer; a shirk. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

I have a truant been to chivalry. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To play truant}, to stray away; to loiter; especially, to stay out of school without leave. --Sir T. Browne [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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