deadbeat

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

deadbeat (plural deadbeats)

  1. a lazy person
  2. a person who defaults on his 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
Last modified on 10 January 2014, at 22:08