Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “guilty”


adjective (FEELING)    /ˈɡɪl.ti/ US  /-t̬i/
B1 feeling guilt: I feel so guilty about forgetting her birthday. She must have done something wrong, because she's looking so guilty. You've got a guilty conscience - that's why you can't sleep.Sadness and regret guiltily     /-tɪ.li/ US  /-t̬ɪ.li/ adverb "I don't know where your money is!" she exclaimed guiltily.Sadness and regret guiltiness     /-nəs/ noun [U]
(Definition of guilty adjective (FEELING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of guilty

Definitions of “guilty” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


When a boat or a ship sails, it travels on the water.

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More