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 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 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, "The chupacabra lives on in San Antonio's Latino lore, like our Bigfoot or Loch Ness Monster," 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, "The 100 Best TV Shows on Netflix Right Now," 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, "The 50 Best Movies on Peacock," 23 Jan. 2021 Eddie Murphy plays the titular bloodsucker in this comedic vamp around ’90s Brooklyn. Washington Post, "‘Bad Hair’ and 9 other scary movies where Black characters actually survive until the end," 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, "Vampires vs. the Bronx Is a Kids' Movie About Class Warfare," 2 Oct. 2020 Disabling IR21a, however, isn’t enough to completely flummox a hungry bloodsucker. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Mosquitoes Find Your Warm Blood So Appealing," 6 Feb. 2020 When the tick attaches to a human, that infection-causing bacterium, virus, or parasite can be passed along as the little bloodsucker engorges its body with your blood. Karen Pallarito,, "11 Tick-Borne Diseases You Need to Know About This Summer," 25 June 2020 Mosquito season is upon us, and considering that these bloodsuckers are known to transmit diseases, people are concerned: Do mosquitoes carry the coronavirus? Claire Gillespie,, "Can Mosquitoes Carry the Coronavirus? Here's What Experts Say," 21 May 2020

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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 bloodsucker (audio) \ adjective

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