We're trying to translate something from the Polish language into English that describes a bad mother. Is there an equivalent phrase to "Deadbeat Dad" except for mothers? Whenever I see "Deadbeat" in front of something, it's usually Dad.

How would you describe a bad mom using a different idiom or phrase?


Edit 1: One additional piece of information: the translation from Polish translates into "villainous mother". There is an element of horribleness that is described in Polish.

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    People also talk about "deadbeat moms," although as you say this is not as common as the expression "deadbeat dad." What do you mean exactly by "a bad mom" though? "Deadbeat" has more specific connotations of not paying child support. – sumelic Aug 14 '16 at 3:12
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    Note that "deadbeat dad" makes use of alliteration. It's not clear that there is an equivalently alliterative term for moms. – Hot Licks Aug 14 '16 at 3:21
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    A deadbeat dad is a dad who fails in the traditional role of providing for the family. Before we can answer we need to know: is the mother failing in her traditional role of nurturing or is she failing to provide. If she simply isn't around she's called an absentee mom. – candied_orange Aug 14 '16 at 3:30

I couldn't find a specific one for a mother, and I don't believe there is one. Deadbeat can apply to a mother too.

These words could work:

sponger - a person who lives off other people by continually taking advantage of their generosity; parasite or scrounger

wastrel - a person who wastes time, money, etc.


Funnily enough, looking for a sufficient answer, I found an article titled 'Deadbeat Dads vs Miscreant Moms.' It seems to be a bit jerry-rigged, but it provides a suitable alliteration, and seems to equate as far as definition goes. Let's compare - Deadbeat: A person who tries to evade paying debts. Miscreant: A person who behaves badly or in a way that breaks the law.

Best you are going to get in terms of a direct mutually exclusive gender equivalent. Thanks.

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