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
Financial Definition of ZOMBIE
What It Is
How It Works
Let's say Bank XYZ has $1 billion in assets (loans it has made to customers) and $2 billion in liabilities (delinquent loans, interest payments due to customers, debt it may have borrowed, etc.). Bank XYZ could declare bankruptcy and default on its obligations at any time, but for now it is still alive.
Why It Matters
Zombies are very risky investments because they could die at any time. However, some zombies might receive sudden financing, such as government bailouts or other money, which could prompt a turnaround that might make shareholders suddenly wealthy.
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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