vam·pire | \ˈvam-ˌpī(-ə)r \

Definition of vampire 

1 : the reanimated body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of persons asleep

2a : one who lives by preying on others

b : a woman who exploits and ruins her lover

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Other Words from vampire

vampiric \vam-ˈpir-ik \ adjective
vampirish \ˈvam-ˌpī(-ə)r-ish \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for vampire


bloodsucker, harpy, predator, shark, vulture, wolf



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Examples of vampire in a Sentence

regarded debt collectors as vampires who made a living from the misery of others

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But just like the eternal vampires of Mystic Falls and New Orleans, the show will go on. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "There's Already a "The Originals" Spinoff in the Works and You're Gonna LOVE It," 7 Mar. 2018 Chaney gave Dracula just enough immortal swagger in the flick, the first to actually show a vampire turning into a bat. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Hotel Transylvania 3': Ranking the best movie Draculas, from Bela Lugosi to Adam Sandler," 9 July 2018 But as a bloodthirsty vampire, this creates a dilemma: everyone in London is also a source of food. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Vampyr is a gothic RPG that makes you feel guilty for killing," 8 June 2018 Somerhalder will once again be dealing with the undead in the new series, starring as Dr. Luther Swann, who watches as a disease transforms his best friend into a vampire. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Ian Somerhalder Is Returning to His Vampire Roots in New Netflix Drama V-Wars," 16 Apr. 2018 Her friends also knew that Lucie lived like a vampire. Carol Muske-dukes,, "Stay, illusion: a tribute to Lucie Brock-Broido by Carol Muske-Dukes," 8 Mar. 2018 Guam has legends of the Taotaomona, a forest vampire spirit that seeks to protect Earth. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "A prisoner in my own body: This is what it’s like to have sleep paralysis.," 27 Jan. 2018 These flows, rather like vampires, support themselves by sucking away energy from turbulence, instead of the other way around. Joshua Sokol, WIRED, "Flattened Fluids Help Scientists Understand Oceans and Atmospheres," 7 July 2018 Beth Reekles: At the time, Twilight was quite popular, so all the really popular teen romance stories had vampires or werewolves. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, ""The Kissing Booth" Author Beth Reekles on the Hit Netflix Movie and Why We Still Need Romantic Comedies," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of vampire

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vampire

borrowed from French, borrowed from German Vampir, borrowed from Serbian vampir

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English Language Learners Definition of vampire

in stories : a dead person who leaves the grave at night to bite and suck the blood of living people


vam·pire | \ˈvam-ˌpīr \

Kids Definition of vampire

: the body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of sleeping people


vam·pire | \ˈvam-ˌpī(ə)r \

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