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Truant, an idler, one neglecting his duty: “myself have been an idle t., omitting the sweet benefit of time,” Gent. II, 4, 64. “since I played t. and whipped top,” Wiv. V, 1, 27 (stayed from school). “I will never be a t., love, till I have learned thy language,” H4A III, 1, 207. “I have a t. been to chivalry,” V, 1, 94. “I have been a t. in the law,” H6A II, 4, 7. “I am not such a t. since my coming, as not to know the language I have lived in,” H8 III, 1, 43. “you are no t.” Hml. I, 2, 173.
Hence == a trifler, a rover (German: Springinsfeld): “I hope he be in love. Hang him, t.! there's no true drop of blood in him,” Ado III, 2, 18. “aged ears play t. at his tales,” LLL II, 74.
Adjectively: “O t. Muse, what shall be thy amends for thy neglect of truth in beauty dyed?” Sonn. 101, 1. “chid his t. youth,” H4A V, 2, 63. “with t. vows to her own lips,” Troil. I, 3, 270. “a t. disposition,” Hml. I, 2, 169.
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