- a minor who cannot be controlled by parental authority and commits antisocial or criminal acts, as vandalism or violence.
- a child or youth characterized by juvenile delinquency.
Origin of juvenile delinquent
First recorded in 1810–20
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Related Words for juvenile delinquentgangster, troublemaker, hooligan, hoodlum, delinquent, criminal, goon, hood, punk, rowdy, ruffian, thug, JD, gangbanger
- a child or young person guilty of some offence, act of vandalism, or antisocial behaviour or whose conduct is beyond parental control and who may be brought before a juvenile court
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