zom·​bie | \ ˈzäm-bē How to pronounce zombie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly zombi

Definition of zombie

1a : a will-less and speechless human (as in voodoo belief and in fictional stories) held to have died and been supernaturally reanimated
b : the supernatural power that according to voodoo belief may enter into and reanimate a dead body
2a : a person held to resemble the so-called walking dead especially : automaton
b : a person markedly strange in appearance or behavior
3 : a mixed drink made of several kinds of rum, liqueur, and fruit juice

Other Words from zombie

zombielike or zombie-like \ ˈzäm-​bē-​ˌlīk How to pronounce zombie (audio) \ adjective
… a morning rush of zombielike office workers, all starved for caffeine and clamoring for cappuccino. — Bob Filipczak
zomboid \ ˈzäm-​ˌbȯid How to pronounce zombie (audio) \ adjective
This is a poetry eerily populated with ghosts and mummies and zomboid creatures who go on living though dead from love. — Patrick McGarth

Examples of zombie in a Sentence

If I don't go to bed early I'll be a zombie tomorrow. His students usually sat there in the classroom like zombies.
Recent Examples on the Web The shark itself isn’t actually a zombie, of course. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 7 Mar. 2022 Naturally, this is when some guys with guns show up, kill the zombie and try to take Will with them. Erik Kain, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 For a more mature (albeit campier) gaming experience, House of the Dead: Remake also launched on the Nintendo Switch, transforming your Joy-Con controller into a zombie-slaying light-gun. Gabriel Zamora, PCMAG, 29 Apr. 2022 The star left the series a few seasons ago with plans to topline three feature film spinoffs set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s zombie drama. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Apr. 2022 Without turning their site or content into an algorithm zombie, publishers could easily put editorial AI to work. David Kostman, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 Twentieth Century Fox Getting back into the survival horror genre, there's 28 Days Later, the film that inspired scenes in The Walking Dead and helped resurrect the zombie genre in contemporary horror. Josh St. Clair, Men's Health, 12 Apr. 2022 The Roache-Turners have a cadre of mad scientists and soldiers performing experiments on the ghouls, along with distinct groups of survivors with special abilities — including one who’s a human-zombie hybrid. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Back in the day, AMC even let these deaths occur without announcing it on The Talking Dead and social media months in advance—almost like surprise and shock value were crucial elements to a good zombie TV show or something. Erik Kain, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of zombie

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for zombie

Louisiana Creole or Haitian Creole zonbi, of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu nzúmbe ghost

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14 May 2022

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“Zombie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zombie. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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variants: also zombi \ ˈzäm-​bē \

Kids Definition of zombie

: a person who is believed to have died and been brought back to life without speech or free will


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