zombie

noun
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

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Other Words from zombie

zombielike or zombie-like \ ˈzäm-​bē-​ˌlīk How to pronounce zombie-like (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 zomboid (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

So how have low interest rates helped create all these zombies? Chris Taylor, Fortune, "Why ‘Zombie’ Companies Are on the Rise—and Could Pose a Threat to the U.S. Economy," 2 Sep. 2019 The Last Kids on Earth The apocalypse is here and a scrappy boy teams up with his friends to fight off zombies and monsters. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "New Netflix for kids in September: 'Lord of the Rings' movies, 'Turbo,' new 'Dragons'," 30 Aug. 2019 Next to hunting down zombies in a virtual reality game, seeing Lady Gaga in concert or hanging out at an arty day club with DJ Marshmello working the decks. Elaine Glusac, chicagotribune.com, "See ya, Celine. Hello, Gaga. Vegas is getting a millennial makeover as resorts cater to the next generation of hedonists.," 27 Aug. 2019 And there is a very cool zombie kill in the first few minutes of Sunday’s upcoming episode of Fear the Walking Dead on AMC. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Watch an awesome Fear the Walking Dead zombie decapitation," 23 Aug. 2019 Stripped of their bloodlust, what, after all, are vampires and zombies but insomniacs with bad taste? Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "I can’t sleep. And all the books about not sleeping aren’t helping.," 21 Aug. 2019 There's nothing like rampaging through the first half of a level, then inexplicably getting swamped by four-dozen zombies from NOWHERE who brought Hunter / Tank / Boomer backup. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s favorite video games from our first 10 years, 1998-2008," 20 Aug. 2019 Scientists advised against consuming hypersexual zombie cicadas infected with psychoactive fungus. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 19 Aug. 2019 Today youngsters may waste hours scrolling through Instagram and shooting zombies on Fortnite. The Economist, "America’s elderly seem more screen-obsessed than the young," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of zombie

circa 1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for zombie

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

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zombie

noun

Financial Definition of zombie

What It Is

A zombie is a company that continues to operate even though its liabilities exceed its assets (in other words, it has a net worth of zero).

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.

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zombie

noun

English Language Learners Definition of zombie

informal : 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

noun
zom·​bie
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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