American English

Definition of deadbeat noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 a lazy person; a person with no job and no money, who is not part of normal society
  2. 2 a person or company that tries to avoid paying their debts
  3. 3 (also deadbeat dad) a father who does not live with his children and does not pay their mother any money to take care of them
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: deadbeat