deadbeat

noun
dead·​beat | \ ˈded-ˌbēt How to pronounce deadbeat (audio) \

Definition of deadbeat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

deadbeat

adjective

Definition of deadbeat (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of deadbeat in a Sentence

Noun His friends are just a bunch of deadbeats. He was accused of being a deadbeat.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Difficult runs the gamut from someone who disturbs the neighbors by playing loud music to a deadbeat renter to a tenant who physically damages your property. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 8 Nov. 2021 Brooks, a career felon and deadbeat dad who owes more than $40,000 in unpaid child support, fell further behind on payments earlier this year and found himself in contempt of a Waukesha paternity court. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 1 Dec. 2021 Difficult runs the gamut from someone who disturbs the neighbors by playing loud music to a deadbeat renter to a tenant who physically damages your property. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 8 Nov. 2021 Difficult runs the gamut from someone who disturbs the neighbors by playing loud music to a deadbeat renter to a tenant who physically damages your property. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 8 Nov. 2021 Difficult runs the gamut from someone who disturbs the neighbors by playing loud music to a deadbeat renter to a tenant who physically damages your property. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 8 Nov. 2021 According to the charges in the Carlisi case, Panico was tapped by a member of Carlisi’s crew to pay off juice loans from a deadbeat bettor. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, 26 Oct. 2021 Synonyms for beggar include hobo, pauper, tramp, vagrant, derelict, mendicant, bum, supplicant, deadbeat, borrower. Stephen Miller, WSJ, 11 Oct. 2021 Difficult runs the gamut from someone who disturbs the neighbors by playing loud music to a deadbeat renter to a tenant who physically damages your property. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And coming off a deadbeat response to the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, Manfred should not be looking for any more rakes to step on. Anthony Witrado, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Funding for everything, then there’ll be no more deadbeat dads. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Oct. 2021 Adding to the complexity was his eagerness to avoid the archetype of a deadbeat Black father. Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2021 The pace and tone varies over the show’s short run, but the seemingly deadbeat characters are always charming and three-dimensional. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2020 Now, however, after a trip with Duke to their deadbeat dad’s, Frankie’s back, hugging Sam like a little kid. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2020 Flowers gave Brucie, a deadbeat dad, levels of humanity beyond his ne’er-do-well appearance. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 10 Dec. 2019 If the pressure to come up with liquidity forces Chandra to cede control of his TV empire, then the new owner will have the deadbeat infrastructure financier IL&FS to thank. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2019 What’s the biggest misconception about Black fathers The biggest misconception about Black fathers is that most of us are inactive and uninterested in raising our children, or just straight up deadbeat dads. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of deadbeat

Noun

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1864, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deadbeat was in 1863

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“Deadbeat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deadbeat. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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deadbeat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of deadbeat

: a lazy person : a person who does not work
: a person who does not pay money that is owed

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