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beat

adjective; zero derivation
ugly; unattractive "beat" as an adjective is probably related to "beat" as a verb, based on the inference that a person who has been "beaten" has been physically disfigured. The type of zero derivation employed, which sounds as if it is made by omitting the inflectional ending "-en," has a tough guy/ghetto feel to it, an "in" sound for young Americans.
 
I wouldn't want to go out with her; she's beat,
Etymology : beat (verb meaning to physically abuse/assault); new word formation by zero derivation and semantic change, from "beat" (v.)
Source : D. from Spanish 301 study group
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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