What does delinquent mean?

Definitions for delinquentdɪˈlɪŋ kwənt

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. delinquent, juvenile delinquent(adj)

    a young offender

  2. delinquent(adj)

    guilty of a misdeed

    "delinquent minors"

  3. 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"

  4. delinquent, overdue(adj)

    past due; not paid at the scheduled time

    "an overdue installment"; "a delinquent account"


  1. delinquent(Noun)

    One who disobeys or breaks rules or laws.

  2. delinquent(Noun)

    a term applied to royalists by their opponents in the English Civil War 1642 - 1645. Charles I was known as the chief delinquent.

  3. delinquent(Adjective)

    Late or failing to pay a debt or other financial obligation, like a mortgage or loan.

  4. delinquent(Adjective)

    Failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation; guilty of a misdeed or offense

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delinquent(noun)

    failing in duty; offending by neglect of duty

  2. Delinquent(noun)

    one who fails or neglects to perform his duty; an offender or transgressor; one who commits a fault or a crime; a culprit

  3. Origin: [L. delinquens, -entis, p. pr. of delinquere to fail, be wanting in one's duty, do wrong; de- + linquere to leave. See Loan, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Delinquent

    de-ling′kwent, adj. failing in duty.—n. one who fails in or leaves his duty: a transgressor: a criminal.—n. Delin′quency, failure in or omission of duty: a fault: a crime.—adv. Delin′quently. [L. delinquens, -entis, pr.p. of delinquĕrede, inten., and linquĕre, to leave.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delinquent in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delinquent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Williamson County:

    Fox 19 reported. Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Williamson County Schools said bullying is not tolerated and that they would be investigating the incident. This type of behavior can never be tolerated at school. In addition to school discipline, WCS prosecutes delinquent behavior to the fullest extent of the law.

  2. Photographer Valerio Bispuri:

    I photographed (prisoners) during leisure time as they tried to mimic the world outside by playing football, pretending they are in a bar, lifting weights at a gym, some were born into the delinquent world, others were there for a lapse of judgment at some point in their lives. Others were mentally ill, but a great number were there because of drugs.

  3. Freddie Gray:

    Whether we call them a thug, a law breaker, a juvenile delinquent, it really doesn't matter. What matters is how do we take back our streets. And that's what men have been doing, going around, talking to these young men where they, are in their face, and letting them know, you can't control this community. It is not yours. You can't burn it down. You can't force people out. You can't threaten people.

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