noun zom·bie \ˈzäm-bē\

: a person who moves very slowly and is not aware of what is happening especially because of being very tired

: a dead person who is able to move because of magic according to some religions and in stories, movies, etc.

Full Definition of ZOMBIE

usually zombi
a :  the supernatural power that according to voodoo belief may enter into and reanimate a dead body
b :  a will-less and speechless human in the West Indies capable only of automatic movement who is held to have died and been supernaturally reanimated
a :  a person held to resemble the so-called walking dead; especially :  automaton
b :  a person markedly strange in appearance or behavior
:  a mixed drink made of several kinds of rum, liqueur, and fruit juice
zom·bie·like \-bē-ˌlīk\ adjective

Variants of ZOMBIE

zom·bie also zom·bi \ˈzäm-bē\

Examples of ZOMBIE

  1. If I don't go to bed early I'll be a zombie tomorrow.
  2. His students usually sat there in the classroom like zombies.

Origin of ZOMBIE

Louisiana Creole or Haitian Creole zonbi, of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu nzúmbe ghost
First Known Use: circa 1871
ZOMBIE Defined for Kids


noun zom·bie \ˈzäm-bē\

Definition of ZOMBIE for Kids

:  a person who is believed to have died and been brought back to life without speech or free will

Variants of ZOMBIE

zom·bie also zom·bi \ˈzäm-bē\


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