[ ded-hed ]
/ ˈdɛdˌhɛd /


verb (used with object)

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.

Origin of deadhead

First recorded in 1570–80; dead + head Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for deadhead

British Dictionary definitions for deadhead

/ (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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