Definition of deadhead in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdedhed/


1 (Deadhead) A fan and follower of the rock group the Grateful Dead: [as modifier]: the Deadhead hard core shadows the band, selling tie-dyes and beads
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  • The editor is a reference librarian who also coauthored with David Dodd The Grateful Dead and the Deadheads: An Annotated Bibliography.
  • There was an especially loud contingent of people down front, who apparently follow him from concert to concert, a la the Grateful Dead's Deadheads.
  • The Deadheads gave the Grateful Dead a steady revenue stream and a safe harbor.
2 informal A boring or unenterprising person.
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  • When I was in high school, the students fell into many different groups: preps, jocks, cheerleaders, punks, deadheads, druggies, geeks, and all the rest.
  • I've been writing about Wez in my journal lately, the deadhead who lives downstairs from me and Adam.
  • The idea that liberalism is something confined to a few deadheads on the coasts is a shibboleth.
3chiefly North American A passenger or member of an audience with a free ticket.
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  • I just wanted to let you all know we have announced our deadhead ticket giveaway.
  • He begins traveling all around the country as a "deadhead" -- riding free on competitors' airliners -- passing checks, and working toward a goal more unrealistic than he realizes: he wants to reconcile his parents.
3.1US informal A commercial carrier with no paying passengers or freight on a trip.
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  • In addition, carriers are playing ‘musical chairs,’ replacing existing customers and lanes with opportunities that minimize deadhead miles and increase overall profitability.
  • Passenger miles exclude travel to and from storage facilities, training operations, road tests and deadhead travel, as well as school bus and charter service.
  • Seemingly doomed to playing the sticks, Osius prepared to pack up his eye-goggling togs and catch the deadhead milk-run back to Wisconsin.
4A sunken or partially submerged log.
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  • Another hazard to keep in mind during the pre-spawn is deadheads under the water.
  • Many "deadheads" can be seen sticking out of the water, and some caution needs to be taken to avoid submerged ones if you are paddling close to the shore.


1 [no object] North American informal (Of a commercial driver, etc.) complete a trip without paying passengers or freight: trucks deadheading into California to pick up outbound loads
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  • The weekend was a fine one for the spare board, with engines and trains deadheading back and forth making it even better.
  • He was expressing anger that the deadheading train passed him by.
  • The train deadheaded to Vancouver and I understand the mucky mucks will board in the morning and head south sometime after 08:00 today towards Seattle.
1.1Ride (in a plane or other vehicle) without paying for a ticket: he calls his airline and gets a seat on the red-eye to deadhead to Boston
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  • That was all right though, cause I didn't have a back haul lined up and I couldn't afford to deadhead back to Pittsburgh.
  • We often deadhead (fly as passengers) to our next assignment.
  • We deadheaded to Russell, where we were relieved.
2 [with object] Remove dead flower heads from (a plant) to encourage further blooming.
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  • Young plants should be deadheaded after flowering so that the energy they would have spent on fruit or seed then goes into more shoots.
  • To keep annuals blooming at the peak of their ability, deadhead regularly.
  • Gardeners require space in the beds so that they can weed, deadhead and prune.

Words that rhyme with deadhead

bedhead, redhead

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Syllabification: dead·head

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