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dead·beat 1

 (dĕd′bēt′) Informal
1. One who does not pay one's debts.
2. A lazy person; a loafer.
Not fulfilling one's obligations or paying one's debts: a deadbeat dad.

dead·beat 2

Having an indicator that stops without oscillation.


1. (Sociology) informal a lazy or socially undesirable person
2. chiefly
a. a person who makes a habit of avoiding or evading his or her responsibilities or debts
b. (as modifier): a deadbeat dad.
3. (Horology) a high grade escapement used in pendulum clocks
4. (Horology) (modifier) (of a clock escapement) having a beat without any recoil
5. (General Physics) (modifier) physics
a. (of a system) returning to an equilibrium position with little or no oscillation
b. (of an instrument or indicator) indicating a true reading without oscillation



1. a person who avoids paying debts.
2. a sponger.
3. (of the indicator of an electric meter and the like) coming to a stop with little or no oscillation.
4. being a parent who neglects parental responsibilities, esp. one who does not pay child support: deadbeat dads.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deadbeat - someone who fails to meet a financial obligation
deadbeat dad - a father who willfully defaults on his obligation to provide financial support for his offspring
debitor, debtor - a person who owes a creditor; someone who has the obligation of paying a debt


noun (Informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.) layabout, bum (informal), waster, lounger, piker (Austral. & N.Z. slang), sponge (informal), parasite, drone, loafer, slacker (informal), scrounger (informal), skiver (Brit. slang), idler, freeloader (slang), good-for-nothing, sponger (informal), wastrel, bludger (Austral. & N.Z. informal), cadger They're just a bunch of deadbeats.


[ˈdedbiːt] N (US) → haragán/ana m/f


[ˈdɛdbiːt] (mainly US)
n (= waster) → bon(ne) m/f à riendead duck n
to be a dead duck → être fichu(e)
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