Definitions for deadheadˈdɛdˌhɛd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dead•headˈdɛdˌhɛd(n.)

  1. a person using a complimentary ticket or free pass.

  2. a commercial vehicle that operates empty, as when returning to a terminal.

    Category: Railroads

  3. a stupid or boring person; dullard.

  4. a sunken or partially sunken log.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. (v.t.)to transport (someone) as a deadhead.

  6. to remove faded blooms from (ornamental plants), esp. to encourage further blooming.

    Category: Botany

  7. (v.i.)to act or serve as a deadhead.

  8. (of a commercial vehicle) to travel without cargo or paying passengers. (of a person) to drive such a vehicle.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of deadhead:

1570–80

Princeton's WordNet

  1. deadhead(noun)

    a nonenterprising person who is not paying his way

    "the deadheads on the payroll should be eased out as fast as possible"

  2. deadhead(noun)

    a train or bus or taxi traveling empty

Wiktionary

  1. deadhead(Noun)

    A person either admitted to a theatrical or musical performance without charge, or paid to attend

  2. deadhead(Noun)

    An employee of a transportation company, especially a pilot, traveling as a passenger for logistical reasons, for example to return home or travel to their next assignment.

  3. deadhead(Noun)

    Anyone traveling for free.

  4. deadhead(Noun)

    A train or truck moved between cities with no passengers or freight, in order to make it available for service

  5. deadhead(Noun)

    A person staying at a lodging, such as a hotel or boarding house, without paying rent; freeloader.

  6. deadhead(Noun)

    A stupid or boring person; dullard

  7. deadhead(Noun)

    Driftwood.

  8. deadhead(Noun)

    A fan of the rock band the Grateful Dead (usually Deadhead).

  9. deadhead(Noun)

    A zombie.

  10. deadhead(Verb)

    To travel as a deadhead, or non-paying passenger.

  11. deadhead(Verb)

    To drive an empty vehicle.

  12. deadhead(Verb)

    To send (a person or message) for free.

  13. deadhead(Verb)

    To remove spent or dead blossoms from a plant.

    If you deadhead your roses regularly, they will bloom all season.

  14. Deadhead(Noun)

    A fan of the rock band The Grateful Dead.

  15. Origin: From Grateful Dead + -head

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deadhead(noun)

    one who receives free tickets for theaters, public conveyances, etc

  2. Deadhead(noun)

    a buoy. See under Dead, a

Freebase

  1. Deadhead

    Deadhead or Dead Head is a name given to fans of the American jam band, the Grateful Dead. In the 1970s, a number of fans began travelling to see the band in as many shows or festival venues as they could. With large numbers of people thus attending strings of shows, a community developed. Deadheads developed their own idioms and slang.

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