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 reanimatedb : 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 : automatonb : a person markedly strange in appearance or behavior
3 : a mixed drink made of several kinds of rum, liqueur, and fruit juice
zombie–like\ˈzäm-bē-ˌlīk\ adjective … a morning rush of zombielike office workers, all starved for caffeine and clamoring for cappuccino. — Bob Filipczak
zomboidplay \ˈzäm-ˌbȯid\ 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.
Origin and Etymology of zombie
Louisiana Creole or Haitian Creole zonbi, of Bantu origin; akin to Kimbundu nzúmbe ghost
First Known Use: circa 1871See Words from the same year
ZOMBIE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of zombie for English Language Learners
: a person who moves very slowly and is not aware of what is happening especially because of being very tired
: a dead person who is able to move because of magic according to some religions and in stories, movies, etc.
ZOMBIE Defined for Kids
Definition of zombie for Students
: a person who is believed to have died and been brought back to life without speech or free will
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