First of all, English is not my mother tongue. Secondly, I was wondering if there is such a word in the English language that describes a person, who owes you some favour (not really money tho).

Like, for example:

I did the washing up when it was your turn. You owe me a favour. You are my _______

Can I use words such as borrower or debtor? Because I feel like it only refers to owing somebody money.

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  • The full OED does actually list debtee, but it's a bit dated / legalistic today. Personally, given the -ee suffix has gained traction in recent years, I'd probably go for indebtee in "(semi-)facetious" contexts, because it seems a better match for owes a favour rather than money. It's not actually in the OED, but that wouldn't bother me, since it would be perfectly well understood by any competent native speaker (the kind I usually interact with! :) – FumbleFingers Oct 10 '18 at 15:06
  • A common phrase is to say "you owe me", and less common "you are in my debt". – jimm101 Oct 10 '18 at 15:45
  • A debtor: "one who owes a debt." – Jason Bassford Oct 11 '18 at 4:09

beholden TFD

Owing something, such as gratitude, to another; indebted.

As in:

I am beholden to you, as you did my job.


Beholden you are, as I did your job!

beholden to (someone) the idiom

Indebted or under obligation to someone, or feeling that one is under such an obligation.

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    I think OP is asking for a noun, not an adjective. And it would take quite a contrived context to use beholden as a noun (Blessed are the beholden, for they shall pay us what they owe). – FumbleFingers Oct 10 '18 at 15:13

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