Meaning of deadbeat


A deadbeat is someone who owes money or has other financial obligations and doesn’t meet them. Deadbeats don’t pay their bills.

This is an insult that is very specific: deadbeats don’t pay what they owe. If someone went to a restaurant and didn’t pay, the manager might say “You deadbeat!” If you don’t pay a cable or phone bill, you’re a deadbeat. A roommate who doesn’t pay their share of the rent is a deadbeat. People often talk about deadbeat dads who abandon their children and don’t pay child support. A more formal word for a deadbeat is defaulter.

Definitions of deadbeat
  1. noun

    someone who fails to meet a financial obligation



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    deadbeat dad

    a father who willfully defaults on his obligation to provide financial support for his offspring
    type of:

    debitor, debtor

    a person who owes a creditor; someone who has the obligation of paying a debt

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