[ ded-hed ]
/ ˈdɛdˌhɛd /
a person who attends a performance, sports event, etc., or travels on a train, airplane, etc., without having paid for a ticket, especially a person using a complimentary ticket or free pass.
a train, railroad car, airplane, truck, or other commercial vehicle while operating empty, as when returning to a terminal.
a stupid or boring person; dullard.
Metallurgy. excess metal in the riser of a mold.
a sunken or partially sunken log.
verb (used with object)
to transport (someone) as a deadhead.
to move (an empty commercial vehicle) along a route.
Horticulture. to remove faded blooms from (ornamental plants), especially in flower gardens, often to help continued blooming.
verb (used without object)
to act or serve as a deadhead.
(of a commercial vehicle) to travel without cargo or paying passengers: The train carried coal to Pittsburgh and then deadheaded back to Virginia to pick up another load.
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Examples from the Web for dead-headed
I may say here that Horace Greeley was dead-headed through to California.Seventy Years on the Frontier|Alexander Majors
The ticket with which the stage agent presented him, dead-headed him only to this point.Eleven Years in the Rocky Mountains and Life on the Frontier|Frances Fuller Victor
British Dictionary definitions for dead-headed
/ (ˈdɛdˌhɛd) /
a dull unenterprising person
a person who uses a free ticket, as for a train, the theatre, etc
US and Canadian a train, etc, travelling empty
US and Canadian a totally or partially submerged log floating in a lake, etc
(tr) to cut off withered flowers from (a plant)
(intr) US and Canadian to drive an empty bus, train, etc
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