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Definition of "deadhead" [dead•head]

  • A person who uses a free ticket for admittance, accommodation, or entertainment. (noun)
  • A vehicle, such as an aircraft, that transports no passengers or freight during a trip. (noun)
  • A person regarded as dull-witted or sluggish. (noun)
  • A partially submerged log or trunk. (noun)
  • To pilot or drive (a vehicle) carrying no passengers or freight. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "deadhead" in a sentence
  • "Though I'm not really what you'd call a deadhead, at the end of the week in which it becomes apparent that our prime minister has declared war on culture — literally — the first thing I want to do is throw up some Grateful Dead."
  • "One of the fun bits of being a deadhead is the links it brings.deadsongs. vue.21"
  • "While the plant company behind Knock-Out roses claims you don't need to "deadhead," or remove their spent blooms, I find the plants look at lot neater, and seem to create fresh buds quicker, if you perform that chore."