bloodsucker

noun

blood·​suck·​er ˈbləd-ˌsə-kər How to pronounce bloodsucker (audio)
1
: an animal that sucks blood
especially : leech
2
: a person who sponges or preys on another
bloodsucking adjective

Examples of bloodsucker in a Sentence

Our landlord, the bloodsucker, just raised our rent again. the union accused the company executives of being bloodsuckers, since they had given themselves raises at a time when the rank and file were forced to take cuts in their benefits
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bloodsucker was in the 14th century

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“Bloodsucker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bloodsucker. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

bloodsucker

noun
blood·​suck·​er -ˌsək-ər How to pronounce bloodsucker (audio)
: an animal that sucks blood
especially : leech sense 1
bloodsucking adjective

Medical Definition

bloodsucker

noun
blood·​suck·​er -ˌsək-ər How to pronounce bloodsucker (audio)
: an animal that sucks blood
especially : leech
bloodsucking adjective

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