blood·​suck·​er | \ ˈbləd-ˌsə-kər How to pronounce bloodsucker (audio) \

Definition of bloodsucker

1 : an animal that sucks blood especially : leech
2 : a person who sponges or preys on another

Other Words from bloodsucker

bloodsucking \ ˈbləd-​ˌsə-​kiŋ How to pronounce bloodsucker (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web As Claudia, an orphan turned bloodsucker with an ever-youthful appearance, Dunst has to inject years of wisdom into her tiny physique. Matthew Jacobs, Vulture, 2 Dec. 2021 Those methods have failed to make a tick detach and could also cause the tiny bloodsucker to regurgitate into the bite, causing other issues. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 June 2021 Still, at least one citizen scientist sees the chupacabra as both a cultural phenomenon and a modern spin on the world’s most storied bloodsucker. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Feb. 2021 The team behind the reboot of Sherlock that turned Benedict Cumberbatch into a star – Mark Gatiss & Steven Moffat – collaborate again on this modern take on the Bram Stoker classic, starring Claes Bang as the legendary bloodsucker. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 1 Feb. 2021 Klaus Kinski plays Count Dracula, Isabelle Adjani is Lucy Harker, and Bruno Ganz is Jonathan Harker in this unforgettable mood piece, a movie that’s so unsettling that one wonders if Kinski might actually be a bloodsucker. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 23 Jan. 2021 Eddie Murphy plays the titular bloodsucker in this comedic vamp around ’90s Brooklyn. Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2020 The real estate company behind all these shuttered businesses and bougie new development plans isn’t just a figurative bloodsucker. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, 2 Oct. 2020 Disabling IR21a, however, isn’t enough to completely flummox a hungry bloodsucker. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of bloodsucker

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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blood·​suck·​er | \ ˈbləd-ˌsə-kər How to pronounce bloodsucker (audio) \

Kids Definition of bloodsucker

: an animal (as a leech) that sucks blood

Other Words from bloodsucker

bloodsucking \ -​ˌsə-​kiŋ \ adjective


blood·​suck·​er | \ -ˌsək-ər How to pronounce bloodsucker (audio) \

Medical Definition of bloodsucker

: an animal that sucks blood especially : leech

Other Words from bloodsucker

bloodsucking \ -​iŋ How to pronounce bloodsucker (audio) \ adjective

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