vam·​pire | \ ˈvam-ˌpī(-ə)r How to pronounce vampire (audio) \

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

Other Words from vampire

vampiric \ vam-​ˈpir-​ik How to pronounce vampire (audio) \ adjective
vampirish \ ˈvam-​ˌpī(-​ə)r-​ish How to pronounce vampire (audio) \ adjective

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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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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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The first known use of vampire was in 1732

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30 Sep 2022

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“Vampire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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vam·​pire | \ ˈvam-ˌpīr How to pronounce vampire (audio) \

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


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