- failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense.
- (of an account, tax, debt, etc.) past due; overdue.
- of or relating to delinquents or delinquency: delinquent attitudes.
- a person who is delinquent.
- juvenile delinquent.
Origin of delinquent
Related Words for delinquentunpaid, tardy, overdue, debtor, offender, hoodlum, felon, wrongdoer, lawbreaker, defaulter, derelict, criminal, slack, behind, malefactor, reprobate, culprit, miscreant, desperado, outlaw
Examples from the Web for delinquent
Contemporary Examples of delinquent
Do you require people to be delinquent before you talk to them about modifying their mortgages?Maxine Waters to Become Senior Democrat on Financial Services
December 5, 2012
The report also found that a low portion of these underwater homeowners were delinquent on their mortgages.Housing Comeback Continues!
November 15, 2012
The chart shows that the number of delinquent mortgages is finally down to pre-2008 levels.America’s Housing Market Is Shedding Dead Weight
October 19, 2012
Of those loans, 60 percent of them were at least 30 days delinquent in June 2006.Will Bankers Ever Go to Jail? 10 Questions Answered
October 2, 2012
Another way Bank of America stands out: its handling of its roughly 1.3 million mortgage accounts that are delinquent.Which Bank Is the Worst?
October 25, 2011
Historical Examples of delinquent
There was time for no more, and Saunders proceeded to summon the delinquent.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
They were the wife, the mother, and the children of the delinquent.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Oswald now hopes that English justice will not be delinquent.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
He may slowly and cautiously, and even tenderly approach a delinquent.The Teacher
Gilian left the book where it lay to conceal from those behind that he had been the delinquent.Gilian The Dreamer
- someone, esp a young person, guilty of delinquencySee juvenile delinquent
- archaic a person who fails in an obligation or duty
- guilty of an offence or misdeed, esp one of a minor nature
- failing in or neglectful of duty or obligation
Word Origin for delinquent
Word Origin and History for delinquent
late 15c., from Middle French délinquant, from present participle of délinquer (15c.), and directly from Latin delinquentum (nominative delinquens), present participle of delinquere "to fail; be wanting, fall short; offend," from de- "completely" (see de-) + linquere "to leave" (see relinquish). As an adjective, from c.1600.