Meaning of “deadbeat” in the English Dictionary

"deadbeat" in British English

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deadbeatnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈded.biːt/ us /ˈded.biːt/ mainly US informal

a person who is not willing to work, does not behave in a responsible way, and does not fit into ordinary society:

He's a real deadbeat who's never had a proper job.
[ as form of address ] Come off it, deadbeat, you're never going to get anywhere.

a person or company that is not willing to pay debts or accept responsibility

deadbeatadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈded.biːt/ us /ˈded.biːt/ mainly US informal

(Definition of “deadbeat” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"deadbeat" in American English

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deadbeatnoun [ C ]

us /ˈded·bit/

someone who owes money and does not pay it, or someone who avoids doing work

(Definition of “deadbeat” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"deadbeat" in Business English

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deadbeatnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdedbiːt/ us US informal

a person who tries to avoid paying money that they owe:

I keep reminding my mortgage company that I'm not a deadbeat.
deadbeat
adjective [ before noun ]

The water company has threatened to shut off the supply to deadbeat customers who refuse to pay their bills.

(Definition of “deadbeat” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)