Deadbeat definition

dĕdbēt
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One who does not pay one's debts.
noun
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A lazy person; a loafer.
noun
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1
Not fulfilling one's obligations or paying one's debts.

A deadbeat dad.

adjective
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A person who tries to evade paying debts.
noun
3
1
A lazy, idle person.
noun
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1
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A lazy person.
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A person who defaults on his debts.
noun
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Defaulting on one's debts.
adjective
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adjective
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(of an instrument) Having a damped needle that stops without oscillation.
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(informal) Designating a parent who fails to make court-ordered payments for the support of a child.
adjective
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Having an indicator that stops without oscillation.
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Making a beat without recoil.

A deadbeat clock escapement.

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Not oscillating.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
deadbeat
Plural:
deadbeats

Origin of deadbeat

  • dead +‎ beat. See beat (“a cheat, a swindler”).

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