I'm pretty sure that I know a word for a person who takes leave without informing in advance but I am not able to recollect it.

Don't count on him to finish the work today. He is a _______.

"We don't encourage people who are _________. Serious actions will be taken against them", said the manager.

An absentee is a person who is expected to be there but they're not. But the person might have given a heads up that they will be absent. So that doesn't fit well.

  • AWOL? Standing for Absent With Out Leave ...
    – Livrecache
    Dec 7, 2017 at 4:56
  • But perhaps not suitable for your example. Unless it were "He is AWOL," and "We don't encourage people to be AWOL."
    – Livrecache
    Dec 7, 2017 at 4:58
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    Malingerer, shirker, unreliable, hypochondriac, bad at time management
    – user662852
    Dec 7, 2017 at 5:22

3 Answers 3


I think the word you need is skiver.

a person who is absent from work without permission


Tom Colella, an electrician from Perth, Australia, took skiving off work to new levels. On at least 140 separate occasions,


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    skiver is more related to laziness, I think OP might want to refer to a person who has habit of leaving without notice or warning instead of just because the person is lazy Dec 7, 2017 at 6:58
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    @Neo The Cambridge Dictionary appears to disagree with you.
    – Nigel J
    Dec 7, 2017 at 8:15

It seems to me that the words renegade and deserter are a little strong for the context provided.

The Oxford Dictionary says:

Definition of renegade NOUN

A person who deserts and betrays an organization, country, or set of principles. ‘an agent who later turns out to be a renegade’

Whereas the Oxford Dictionary says:



Military usually predicative Absent from where one should be but without intent to desert.

‘the men have gone AWOL’

Origin 1920s: acronym from absent without (official) leave.

This term, though, is an adj. rather than a noun but, depending on the tone/context of what's been written it might be closer to what is being sought.


I think the word you are referring to is Renegade

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    Can you please tell me why is renegade a good fit? Dec 7, 2017 at 5:02
  • Deserter may fit it too, I am not too sure. Dec 7, 2017 at 5:04

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