deadbeat

noun
dead·​beat | \ˈded-ˌbēt \

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

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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

But heroin is a drug for deadbeats and rebels and outliers. Hayley Krischer, Marie Claire, "How Heroin Came for Middle-Class Moms," 20 Aug. 2018 The personas do verge on typecasting — Jon Hamm is the dashing insurance man Bob; Jake Johnson, the deadbeat stoner Chilli; Hannibal Buress, the laconic weirdo Sable. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner and Isla Fisher deliver summer fun in comedy romp 'Tag'," 14 June 2018 The deeply moralistic accusation: Drake was a deadbeat. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why Drake Can’t Pull Off Being the ‘Good Guy’," 5 July 2018 Jake Johnson as a wry, deadbeat Peter Parker is inspired. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "This Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Trailer Is Tens, Tens, Tens Across the Board," 6 June 2018 In court hearings, Watergate’s lawyers and management have portrayed Tian as a deadbeat who failed to pay more than $35,000 in co-op fees and who berated building staff and violated the rules of their community. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, "A legal dispute with a view, at a famous DC address," 3 May 2018 Alaska's government is earning a reputation as a deadbeat, pleading poverty while flirting with doubled dividends and half-baked development schemes. Author: Charles Wohlforth | Opinion, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska is a deadbeat state that still spends on shiny new things," 28 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, those whom the system considers dissenters, dropouts or deadbeats would be effectively excommunicated from mainstream society. Robert Foyle Hunwick, The New Republic, "How Do You Control 1.4 Billion People?," 25 Apr. 2018 Europeans were deadbeats who relied on America for their defense. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Is Trump finding 'America First' incompatible with 'America alone'?," 30 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Waitress follows Jenna's bumpy journey as a small town waitress with big dreams of entering a pie-making contest in order to leave her deadbeat husband, Earl. Sarah Grace Hart, Teen Vogue, "Broadway's "Waitress" Casts Nicolette Robinson in the Lead Role of Jenna," 26 July 2018 Needless to say, the itinerary will feature a brief sojourn at the home of the deadbeat dad (Bobby Cannavale), conveniently located in the pretty Bay Area town of Sausalito. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "‘Boundaries’: Pot-dealing Christopher Plummer plus adorable dogs equals fun road movie," 5 July 2018 Needless to say, the itinerary will feature a brief sojourn at the home of the deadbeat dad (Bobby Cannavale), conveniently located in the pretty Bay Area town of Sausalito. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "‘Boundaries’: Pot-dealing Christopher Plummer plus adorable dogs equals fun road movie," 5 July 2018 Needless to say, the itinerary will feature a brief sojourn at the home of the deadbeat dad (Bobby Cannavale), conveniently located in the pretty Bay Area town of Sausalito. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "‘Boundaries’: Pot-dealing Christopher Plummer plus adorable dogs equals fun road movie," 5 July 2018 Needless to say, the itinerary will feature a brief sojourn at the home of the deadbeat dad (Bobby Cannavale), conveniently located in the pretty Bay Area town of Sausalito. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "‘Boundaries’: Pot-dealing Christopher Plummer plus adorable dogs equals fun road movie," 5 July 2018 Needless to say, the itinerary will feature a brief sojourn at the home of the deadbeat dad (Bobby Cannavale), conveniently located in the pretty Bay Area town of Sausalito. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "‘Boundaries’: Pot-dealing Christopher Plummer plus adorable dogs equals fun road movie," 5 July 2018 Needless to say, the itinerary will feature a brief sojourn at the home of the deadbeat dad (Bobby Cannavale), conveniently located in the pretty Bay Area town of Sausalito. Michael O’sullivan, kansascity, "‘Boundaries’: Pot-dealing Christopher Plummer plus adorable dogs equals fun road movie," 5 July 2018 Cash assistance is a lever to encourage deadbeat dads to pay up. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Food Fight Worth Having," 8 July 2018

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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

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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