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

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Other Words from bloodsucker

bloodsucking \ ˈbləd-​ˌsə-​kiŋ How to pronounce bloodsucking (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

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The breakout show furthered the story of a bloodsucker named Angel (David Boreanaz) whom the Romany cursed with a soul as punishment for a century of mass murder. Ruth Kinane,, "Go behind the scenes of EW's Angel reunion shoot," 21 June 2019 The half-inch-long bloodsuckers are up to five times bigger than a typical cat flea. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "What’s that bug? New Northwest field guide makes it easy to find out," 20 Aug. 2018 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

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


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 bloodsucking (audio) \ adjective

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