Meaning of deadbeat
Pronunciation: (n.ded'bēt"adj.ded'bēt'), [key]
- a person who deliberately avoids paying debts.
- a loafer; sponger.
- noting any of various escapements acting without recoil of the locking parts from the shock of contact. See diag. under
- (of the indicator of an electric meter and the like) coming to a stop with little or no oscillation.
- deadbeat (Thesaurus)