blood·​suck·​er | \ˈbləd-ˌsə-kər \

Definition of bloodsucker 

1 : an animal that sucks blood especially : leech

2 : a person who sponges or preys on another

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bloodsucking \ ˈbləd-​ˌsə-​kiŋ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for bloodsucker


buzzard, harpy, kite, predator, shark, vampire, vulture, wolf



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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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More: The bloodsuckers of 'Vampire Uprising' are demanding their civil rights! Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Hotel Transylvania 3': Ranking the best movie Draculas, from Bela Lugosi to Adam Sandler," 9 July 2018 The unifying figure is Dollar, who plays a vampire queen named Sophie in a cabal of bickering bloodsuckers. Noel Murray,, "Review: Mashup of cameos and mismatched footage doesn't fly in weird vampire flick 'Sunset Society'," 5 July 2018 The gross bloodsuckers can carry Lyme disease and other illnesses, and their populations have skyrocketed in the past few years. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "WATCH OUT: Ticks Are Already a Big Problem and It's Not Even Spring," 9 Mar. 2018 In fact, different mosquitoes have different receptors for preferred hosts, which may be why Riffell’s little bloodsuckers didn’t learn to avoid chickens. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Swatting May Teach Mosquitoes to Avoid Your Scent," 5 Feb. 2018 The scientists hope to follow up and figure out how the ancient tick fits into the family tree of the bloodsuckers. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "99-Million-Year-Old Tick That Feasted on Dino Blood Found Trapped in Amber," 13 Dec. 2017 Tokyo Vampire Hotel The latest provocation from Japanese director Sion Sono (Love Exposure) is an awkward theatrical cut of his nine-episode miniseries for Amazon Prime Japan, about ancient, warring clans of Japanese bloodsuckers. Chicago Reader, "The 2017 Chicago International Film Festival, reviewed," 12 Oct. 2017 But think twice: Actually, losing these much-despised mooches, bloodsuckers and freeloaders could have disastrous consequences for the environment and human health. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "The World’s Parasites Are Going Extinct. Here’s Why That’s a Bad Thing," 7 Sep. 2017 Luckily, there are a number of ways to avoid letting the little bloodsuckers become an unfortunate vacation souvenir. Sonia Rao,, "How to protect yourself against hotel bedbugs," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of bloodsucker

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodsucker

: an animal (such as a leech or mosquito) that sucks the blood of other animals

: a person who unfairly takes or uses things that other people worked for


blood·​suck·​er | \ˈbləd-ˌsə-kər \

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 \

Medical Definition of bloodsucker 

: an animal that sucks blood especially : leech

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bloodsucking \ -​iŋ \ adjective

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