American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who does not pay one's debts.
- n. A lazy person; a loafer.
- adj. Not fulfilling one's obligations or paying one's debts: a deadbeat dad.
- adj. Having an indicator that stops without oscillation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Making successive movements with intervals of rest and no recoil; free from oscillatory movement.
- n. A dead-beat escapement.
- n. See dead beat , under beat, n.
- n. a lazy person
- n. a person who defaults on his debts
- adj. of an instrument having a damped needle that stops without oscillation
- adj. defaulting on one's debts
- adj. defeated or exhausted
GNU Webster's 1913
- Low, U.S. a loafer, sponger, or swindler; especially, one who does not pay his debts. Same as beat, n., 7.
- adj. (Physics) Making a beat without recoil; giving indications by a single beat or excursion; -- said of galvanometers and other instruments in which the needle or index moves to the extent of its deflection and stops with little or no further oscillation.
- n. someone who fails to meet a financial obligation
“I've known about the term deadbeat dad for four years; it's nice to know that someone else in the Cayman Islands is reading about the laws in other countries.”
“From where I sit, a deadbeat is a deadbeat, regardless of color or education.”
“And again, we know now in the United States people are really -- governments are really cracking down on what they call deadbeat dad.”
“What frustrates me is that the word deadbeat Dad is so dismissive," he explains, when asked what he wants others to know.”
““Well, Star’s father would be what we call a deadbeat dad and yes, what he’s done is against the law,” she replied.”
“It is not wise to allow the "deadbeat" -- the remittance man, the gaunt shepherd with his starving flocks and herds, the free selector on an arid patch, the drink shanty where the rouseabouts and shearers knock down their cheques, the race meeting where high and low, rich and poor, are filled with the gambler's ill luck -- fill the foreground of the picture of Australian life.”
“There's a phenomenon in the US of asshole males that we call deadbeat dads.”
“This would have continued suspension of disbelief in two ways. 1) the daughter would have recognized him at the train station from old photographs or something 2) It would have made better sense that they had a connection later in the movie, rather than Shia Lebouf just being cool with finding out the man he knew as his father for years and years just wasn't, and now this old deadbeat is calling him "son.”
“What if a deadbeat is the commander's drinking buddy?”
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Downstairs at Danny's all-star joint
They got a jukebox that goes doyt-doyt
The vice is nice, he stays in the back all day
But when the nighttime...
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