deadbeat definition

  • noun:
    • a person who does not pay one's debts.
    • A lazy individual; a loafer.
    • a lazy individual
    • an individual who defaults on their debts
    • A dead-beat escapement.
    • See dead beat , under beat, n.
    • somebody who doesn't meet a financial obligation
  • adjective:
    • maybe not rewarding your responsibilities or paying an individual's debts: a deadbeat dad.
    • Having an indication that stops without oscillation.
    • having a damped needle that stops without oscillation
    • defaulting on one's debts
    • beaten or exhausted
    • Making a beat without recoil; providing indications by an individual beat or adventure; -- said of galvanometers along with other devices when the needle or index moves to the level of its deflection and prevents with little or no further oscillation.
  • others:
    • a loafer, sponger, or swindler; especially, person who cannot pay his debts. Same as beat, n., 7.
    • Making consecutive motions with periods of sleep and no recoil; free from oscillatory action.

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