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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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 More broadly, fairies again resembled vampires or witches in that all three, very basically, attacked life. Longreads, "Fairy Scapegoats: A History of the Persecution of Changeling Children," 9 June 2018 Regardless of what happens with Netflix, fans of Hill have at least one project to look forward to: AMC ordered a series based on his vampire novel NOS4A2 in April, which is expected to premiere sometime next year. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Joe Hill’s Locke and Key series may have finally found a home at Netflix," 30 May 2018 Earlier in the night, the model wore the gown of a dominatrix/vampire by Gareth Pugh x Chrome Hearts. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Bella Hadid Saved Her Most Naked Look For the Met Gala After Party​​," 8 May 2018 Translation: Ticks are tiny creatures sans backbones that latch onto your body and slurp up your blood like gross, miniscule, multi-legged vampires. Kate Sheridan, SELF, "Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You," 14 July 2018 There are 30 options to pick from, including the vampire teddy and starry night bat. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Build-a-Bear flop: Didn't get to 'pay your age? Try this.," 13 July 2018 The first film was about Drac coming to grips with daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) falling for fun-loving human dude Johnny (Adam Samberg), while the second centered on Drac worrying that his grandson wouldn’t have enough vampire in him. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Vampire love abounds in silly but touching 'Hotel Transylvania 3'," 11 July 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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