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Deadbeat, deadbeats or dead-beat may refer to:

A lazy and/or irresponsible person who is often unemployed, often depending upon wealthy or otherwise financially independent people for support.


  • Deadbeat escapement, a type of escapement used in pendulum clocks
  • Dead-beat control, a problem in discrete control theory of finding an optimal input sequence that will bring the system output to a given setpoint in a finite number of time steps
  • Deadbeat parent, pejorative term referring to parents who do not fulfill their parental responsibilities
  • Dead Beat, a 1992 novel by Val McDermid
  • Dead Beat (The Dresden Files), a 2005 book of the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher

Film and television


  • Deadbeat, the stage name of Canadian electronica musician Scott Montieth
  • The Deadbeats, an art punk band formed in 1977 in Los Angeles, California
  • Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, an English rock band formed in 2009
  • Deadbeats, a record label launched by Canadian electronic music duo Zeds Dead
  • Deadbeat Club, a song by the B-52's from their 1989 album Cosmic Thing
  • "Dead-Beat", a song by King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard from the 2011 EP Willoughby's Beach

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