bloodsucker

noun
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
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, bloodsuckers are vital to the health of our planet. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Why the World Needs Bloodsucking Creatures," 2 Dec. 2019 Many bloodsuckers thus host microscopic bacteria inside their bodies to provide these essential nutrients. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Why the World Needs Bloodsucking Creatures," 2 Dec. 2019 The many faces of Kirsten Dunst Ever since her breakthrough role as the angel-faced bloodsucker Claudia in Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire — which turns 25 this month — Kirsten Dunst has been a compelling player in American movies. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Kirsten Dunst characters, ranked," 11 Nov. 2019 The bloodsuckers of reality may be less horrific, or not. James Gorman, New York Times, "Meet the Bloodsuckers," 28 Oct. 2019 The team then dabbed a little sweat on the outside of the fabric, which immediately drew in the bloodsuckers. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Graphene-Coated Fabric Causes Mosquitoes to Buzz Off," 20 Aug. 2019 Plenty of the bloodsuckers live in urban parks and neighborhoods. USA TODAY, "Tubing, Hemingway, great white sharks: News from around our 50 states," 21 July 2019 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, EW.com, "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

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First Known Use of bloodsucker

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jan 2020

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“Bloodsucker.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bloodsucking. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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bloodsucker

noun
How to pronounce bloodsucker (audio)

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

bloodsucker

noun
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

bloodsucker

noun
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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