zombie

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noun zom·bie \ˈzäm-bē\
variants: or less commonly

zombi

Definition of zombie

  1. 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

  2. 2a :  a person held to resemble the so-called walking dead; especially :  automatonb :  a person markedly strange in appearance or behavior

  3. 3 :  a mixed drink made of several kinds of rum, liqueur, and fruit juice

zombielike

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zombie–like

\ˈzäm-bē-ˌlīk\ adjective … a morning rush of zombielike office workers, all starved for caffeine and clamoring for cappuccino. — Bob Filipczak

zomboid

play \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

  1. If I don't go to bed early I'll be a zombie tomorrow.

  2. 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 1871


ZOMBIE Defined for English Language Learners

zombie

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noun zom·bie \ˈzäm-bē\

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

zombie

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noun zom·bie \ˈzäm-bē\
variants: also

zombi

\ˈzäm-bē\

Definition of zombie for Students

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



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