I am looking for ways to describe someone who is frequently absent from home or school (and for long periods of time), especially for work-related reasons.

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  • How about unavailable? – Saad Rehman Shah Oct 25 '17 at 11:32
  • How will you use this single word or phrase in context? You need to clarify this by providing an example sentence. – Gary Oct 26 '17 at 5:05

I would say truant or absentee.

Merriam-Webster gives us:

Definition of truant

:one who shirks duty; especially :one who stays out of school without permission

Definition of absentee

:one that is absent: such as a :a proprietor that lives away from his or her estate or business b :one missing from work or school

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There is a term 'stopout' but it is often quite derogatory and sometimes comes with an adjective that makes it even more derogatory.

It has a genuine usage but, in the UK at least, it has tended to be used as slang and is reported in the Urban Dictionary.

The Wiktionary reports its more proper meaning and suggests that it is a blend of 'stop' and 'dropout'.

I would look at the links carefully before using it.


I would say absentee.

Antidote Antidoise gives us...

Definition of absentee

Someone who should be present at a location or event, but is not

Ex. There were four absentees from the training today.

  • I don't quite understand how outgoing fits... – Felix Goldberg Oct 27 '17 at 4:38
  • @FelixGoldberg fixed it. – Me myself and I Nov 3 '17 at 14:09

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