• (British) IPA: /ˈdɛdbiːt/

deadbeat (plural deadbeats)

  1. (pejorative) A lazy and/or irresponsible person who is often unemployed, often depending upon wealthy or otherwise financially independent people for support.
    • 2016 Eric Andrew-Gee Why and how Ontarians change their names in the 21st century ↗ The Globe and Mail
      With a few exceptions, all those changes were published in the Ontario Gazette, a little-read compendium of government business that comes out every week. The province requires this by law, as do most Canadian jurisdictions, nominally to thwart fraudsters and deadbeats.
  2. A person who defaults on debts.
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deadbeat (not comparable)

  1. (of an instrument) having a damped needle that stops without oscillation
  2. defaulting on one's debts
  3. defeated or exhausted
  4. (pejorative) lazy or irresponsible
  5. dead tired

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