Last modified on 4 May 2015, at 16:33

deadbeat

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

dead +‎ beat. See beat (a cheat, a swindler).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

deadbeat (plural deadbeats)

  1. A lazy and/or irresponsible person who does not work, often depending upon wealthy or otherwise financially stable people for support.
  2. A person who defaults on debts.

TranslationsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

deadbeat (comparative more deadbeat, superlative most deadbeat)

  1. (of an instrument) having a damped needle that stops without oscillation
  2. defaulting on one's debts
  3. defeated or exhausted