Skive vs Truant - What's the difference?

skive | truant |


As nouns the difference between skive and truant

is that skive is the iron lap used by diamond polishers in finishing the facets of the gem while truant is one who is absent without permission, especially from school.

As verbs the difference between skive and truant

is that skive is to pare or shave off the rough or thick parts of (hides or leather) while truant is to play truant.

As an adjective truant is

absent without permission, especially from school.

skive

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • The iron lap used by diamond polishers in finishing the facets of the gem.
  • * 2009 , Nicoline van der Sijs, Cookies, Coleslaw, and Stoops: The Influence of Dutch on the North American Languages , page 93
  • Thus, American diamond cutters would talk of a skive (after Dutch schijf ), where their British colleagues would say disk or wheel.

    Verb

    (skiv)
  • To pare or shave off the rough or thick parts of (hides or leather).
  • (British) To avoid one's lessons or, sometimes, work. Chiefly at school or university.
  • * 2006 , The Economist, Young offenders: Arrested development
  • Truancies, rather bewilderingly, have risen among children on the programme; the government hopes this is because children skive more as they get older.

    Derived terms

    * skiver

    Noun

  • a disc (UK) or disk (US)
  • a washer (small disc with a hole in the middle )
  • a slice (e.g. slice of bread )
  • Derived terms

    * * (l) ----

    truant

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Absent without permission, especially from school.
  • :
  • Wandering from business or duty; straying; loitering; idle, and shirking duty.
  • :
  • *1603+ , (William Shakespeare), (Hamlet) , Act 1, Scene 2
  • *:A truant disposition, good my lord.
  • *1772 , , p.149
  • *:While truant Jove, in infant pride, / Play'd barefoot on Olympus' side.
  • *
  • *:Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes.
  • Derived terms

    * truant officer

    Noun

    (truants)
  • One who is absent without permission, especially from school.
  • Derived terms

    * play truant

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To play truant.
  • the number of schoolchildren known to have truanted
  • To idle away; to waste.
  • * Ford
  • I dare not be the author / Of truanting the time.
  • To idle away time.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • * Lowell
  • By this means they lost their time and truanted on the fundamental grounds of saving knowledge.