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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that is expected but does not appear, especially.
  • noun A person who reserves a place, as on an airplane, but neither uses nor cancels the reservation.
  • noun A person who buys a ticket for an event but does not attend.
  • noun A person who unexplainedly fails to keep an appointment.
  • adjective Requiring little or no actual attendance or work.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun someone who shirks a duty.
  • noun A person who is expected to attend a gathering but does not come.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun idiomatic An absence; somebody who doesn't show up or a failure to make a schedule appearance, especially at one's place of employment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a guest who fails to notify a hotel or restaurant when canceling a reservation
  • noun someone who shirks duty

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