deadbeat

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

deadbeat (plural deadbeats)

  1. a lazy person
  2. a person who defaults on his debts

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

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