What does derelict mean?

Definitions for derelictˈdɛr ə lɪkt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word derelict.

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"


  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

  5. Origin: [L. derelictus, p. p. of derelinquere to forsake wholly, to abandon; de- + relinquere to leave. See Relinquish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Derelict

    der′e-likt, adj. forsaken: abandoned.—n. anything forsaken or abandoned.—n. Derelic′tion, act of forsaking, unfaithfulness or remissness: state of being abandoned: land gained from the water by a change of water-line. [L. derelinquĕre, -lictum,—de, inten., and linquĕre, to leave.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of derelict in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of derelict in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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Translations for derelict

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • напуснат, изоставенBulgarian
  • vrakCzech
  • aufgegeben-ein verlassenes SchiffGerman
  • negligente, abandonado, pariaSpanish
  • hylätty, hulttio, hylkiö, välinpitämätön, huolimaton, omaisuus, hylkyFinnish
  • paria, délaissé, abandonné, clochard, négligent, en ruines, épaveFrench
  • faillíoch, faillitheach, faillitheoir, fágtha béal in airde, long thréigthe, díbeartach, tréigthe, éan scoiteIrish
  • trascurato, derelitto, relitto della società, negligente, rifiuto, abbandonato, relittoItalian
  • porzuconyPolish
  • abandonado, negligentePortuguese
  • изгой, покинутый, брошенный, отщепенец, бесхозный, отверженныйRussian

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