zombie

noun
zom·​bie | \ ˈzäm-bē \
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 \ adjective
… a morning rush of zombielike office workers, all starved for caffeine and clamoring for cappuccino. — Bob Filipczak
zomboid \ 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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The result is a movie that somehow blends these disparate genres as effortlessly as Anna eventually socks off zombie skulls. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 The zombies are taking a break at the halfway point of their ninth season, following an episode on Sunday that was seen by 5.1 million people. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Once a sensation, ‘Walking Dead’ is another show," 28 Nov. 2018 This relies more on zombie jump-scares and a colorful cast of characters. Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The Best Horror Movies That Aren't Too Scary," 29 Oct. 2018 Witches get the spotlight and zombies are way more interesting than their Walking Dead relatives in this coming-of-age horror comedy. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Four hot novels for teens to dive into this summer vacation," 3 July 2018 Facebook is Mark Zuckerberg standing in a theater of VR-headset-wearing zombies. Dan Frommer, Recode, "How Facebook could screw up Instagram now that its founders are leaving," 27 Sep. 2018 Teammates communicate via headsets, launch missions to scavenge for supplies amid a post-apocalyptic landscape, build traps and ultimately ward off and destroy a legion of zombies, all the while shoring up a fort against the encroaching mob. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Fortnite: How a video game became baseball's most addictive pastime, from MLB to Little League," 21 May 2018 My living room has become a place of zombies and fireballs, machine predators and ancient temples. Erica Garza, Time, "The Problem With Watching Porn and Playing Video Games—For Girls," 27 Mar. 2018 After showing off outfits that included a zombie, a miniature Catwoman, and a pair of Kiernan twins that took inspiration straight from The Shining, the actor revealed her 2005 debut as a witch. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kiernan Shipka Shared Photographs of Her Childhood Halloween Costumes on Instagram," 1 Nov. 2018

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of zombie

: 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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