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 othersb : a woman who exploits and ruins her lover
3 : vampire bat
vampiricplay \vam-ˈpir-ik\ adjective
vampirishplay \ˈvam-ˌpī(-ə)r-ish\ adjective
Examples of vampire in a Sentence
regarded debt collectors as vampires who made a living from the misery of others
Recent Examples of vampire from the Web
The Girls star is officially joining Murphy's kooky world of latex monsters, catty witches, lobster people, and Lady Gaga vampires.
John Robert Lindsey made a properly evil Monostatos (a dead ringer for the vampire Nosferatu), accompanied by terrifying dogs rather than slaves.
Stephen Moyer, who played the lead vampire on the series, wrote a short essay about his time with Ellis, capturing exactly what made the actor’s performance so indelible.
Ellis’s Lafayette was a cook at a diner who dealt drug-like vampire blood on the side.
Ellis was best known for playing a flamboyant, cross-dressing, short-order cook in all seven seasons of the HBO vampire series 'True Blood.'
YOUR COMPLAINT: Sometimes when the conductor says there is another train behind us, there is no train—only a cloud of vampire bats.
In one part of the exhibit, a vampire bat flies away from its mount.
Among them are the little brown bats and big brown bats, which are common in Michigan, and tiny vampire bats, which typically survive on cow blood.
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Origin and Etymology of vampire
borrowed from French, borrowed from German Vampir, borrowed from Serbian vampir
First Known Use: 1732See Words from the same year
VAMPIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vampire for English Language Learners
in stories : a dead person who leaves the grave at night to bite and suck the blood of living people
VAMPIRE Defined for Kids
Definition of vampire for Students
: the body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of sleeping people
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