(noun, adjective)


1. worn and broken down by hard use

Similar word(s): worn, creaky, decrepit, woebegone

2. forsaken by owner or inhabitants

Similar word(s): uninhabited, abandoned, deserted

3. failing in what duty requires

- derelict (or delinquent) in his duty

Similar word(s): negligent, delinquent, neglectful, remiss

4. in deplorable condition

Similar word(s): damaged, bedraggled, dilapidated, ramshackle, tatterdemalion

Sentences with derelict as an adjective:

- There was a derelict ship on the island.


1. a person without a home, job, or property

Definition categories: person, pauper

2. a ship abandoned on the high seas

Definition categories: man–made, ship