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zombie

noun zom·bie \ˈzäm-bē\

Simple Definition of zombie

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 a :  a person held to resemble the so-called walking dead; especially :  automaton b :  a person markedly strange in appearance or behavior

  3. 3 :  a mixed drink made of several kinds of rum, liqueur, and fruit juice

zom·bie·like play \-bē-ˌlīk\ adjective

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.



Variants of zombie

also zom·bi play \ˈzäm-bē\

Origin of zombie

Louisiana Creole or Haitian Creole zonbi, of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu nzúmbe ghost


First Known Use: circa 1871



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