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 And while the paper may conjure nightmare-inducing images of robot zombie spiders for some, coauthor Daniel Preston, a professor of mechanical engineering at Rice, clarifies that their research doesn’t actually qualify as reanimation. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Aug. 2022 The series will feature zombie versions of Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, and cut-in-half Captain America, while the living heroes include Yelena from Black Widow, Katie from Shang-Chi and Jimmy Woo from WandaVision. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 July 2022 The challenges that come from their long separation will be explored in, and among, those of the ever-present threat of zombie attacks. Amanda Taylor, PEOPLE.com, 22 July 2022 The eight remaining episodes of the 11th and final season of the long-running zombie series will begin airing Oct. 2 on AMC. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 22 July 2022 Netflix debuts its Resident Evil series, based on the popular video game of the same name — this one focusing on twins Billie and Jade, whose father gets a job at Umbrella Corporation, which unleashes the zombie-creating T-Virus. Ew Staff, EW.com, 14 July 2022 Labour, just as much as the Conservatives, might be almost a kind of zombie party that’s being held together by an electoral system that requires a main party of opposition. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 July 2022 Others compare his new government to a kind of zombie entity. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 The adult zombie flies stalk adult bees and lay their eggs inside them. oregonlive, 3 July 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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6 Aug 2022

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“Zombie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zombie. Accessed 12 Aug. 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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