Definitions for derelictˈdɛr ə lɪkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

der•e•lictˈdɛr ə lɪkt(adj.)

  1. left or deserted, as by the owner or guardian; abandoned:

    a derelict ship.

  2. neglectful of duty; delinquent; negligent.

  3. (n.)a person who has no home or means of support.

  4. a vessel abandoned in open water.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Origin of derelict:

1640–50; < L dērelictus, ptp. of dērelinquere to abandon; see de -, relinquish

Princeton's WordNet

  1. derelict(noun)

    a person without a home, job, or property

  2. abandoned ship, derelict(adj)

    a ship abandoned on the high seas

  3. creaky, decrepit, derelict, flea-bitten, run-down, woebegone(adj)

    worn and broken down by hard use

    "a creaky shack"; "a decrepit bus...its seats held together with friction tape"; "a flea-bitten sofa"; "a run-down neighborhood"; "a woebegone old shack"

  4. abandoned, derelict, deserted(adj)

    forsaken by owner or inhabitants

    "weed-grown yard of an abandoned farmhouse"

  5. derelict, delinquent, neglectful, remiss(adj)

    failing in what duty requires

    "derelict (or delinquent) in his duty"; "neglectful of his duties"; "remiss of you not to pay your bills"

  6. bedraggled, broken-down, derelict, dilapidated, ramshackle, tatterdemalion, tumble-down(adj)

    in deplorable condition

    "a street of bedraggled tenements"; "a broken-down fence"; "a ramshackle old pier"; "a tumble-down shack"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. derelict(adjective)ˈdɛr ə lɪkt

    (of land or buildings) unused and not in good condition


  1. derelict(Noun)

    Property abandoned by its former owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea.

  2. derelict(Noun)

    An abandoned or forsaken person; an outcast.

  3. derelict(Noun)

    A homeless and/or jobless person; a person who is (perceived as) negligent in their personal affairs and hygiene.

  4. derelict(Adjective)

    Abandoned, forsaken; (of ship) abandoned at sea; dilapidated, neglected.

    There was a derelict ship on the island.

  5. derelict(Adjective)

    Negligent in performing a duty.

  6. Origin: derelictus perfect participle of derelinquo from de- + relinquo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Derelict(adj)

    given up or forsaken by the natural owner or guardian; left and abandoned; as, derelict lands

  2. Derelict(adj)

    lost; adrift; hence, wanting; careless; neglectful; unfaithful

  3. Derelict(noun)

    a thing voluntary abandoned or willfully cast away by its proper owner, especially a ship abandoned at sea

  4. Derelict(noun)

    a tract of land left dry by the sea, and fit for cultivation or use

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


abandoned and left to fall to pieces

a derelict airfield.

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