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deadbeat

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noun dead·beat \ˈded-ˌbēt\

Simple Definition of deadbeat

  • : a lazy person : a person who does not work

  • : a person who does not pay money that is owed

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of deadbeat

  1. 1 :  loafer

  2. 2 :  one who persistently fails to pay personal debts or expenses

Examples of deadbeat in a sentence

  1. His friends are just a bunch of deadbeats.

  2. He was accused of being a deadbeat.



1863

First Known Use of deadbeat

1863


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deadbeat

adjective dead·beat

Definition of deadbeat

  1. :  having a pointer that gives a reading with little or no oscillation



Circa 1864

First Known Use of deadbeat

circa 1864




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