[ dih-ling-kwuh nt ]
/ dɪˈlɪŋ kwənt /


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.

Origin of delinquent

1475–85; < Latin dēlinquent-; see delinquency

OTHER WORDS FROM delinquent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for delinquently

/ (dɪˈlɪŋkwənt) /


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

Derived forms of delinquent

delinquently, adverb

Word Origin for delinquent

C17: from Latin dēlinquēns offending; see delinquency
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