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leech

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Synonyms and Antonyms of leech

  1. a person who is supported by or seeks support from another without making an adequate return whenever the gang went out for pizza, the leech in the group always had an excuse for not paying his fair share Synonyms of leech bloodsucker, freeloader, free rider, hanger-on, moocher, parasite, sponge, sponger Words Related to leech dependent; deadbeat, idler; flunky (also flunkey or flunkie), henchman, lackey, satellite, stooge, sycophant, toady, yes-man; cheapskate, miser, niggard, piker, scrooge, skinflint, tightwad Near Antonyms of leech benefactor, philanthropist, supporter

Synonym Discussion of leech

parasite, sycophant, toady, leech, sponge mean a usually obsequious flatterer or self-seeker. parasite applies to one who clings to a person of wealth, power, or influence or is useless to society.
    • a jet-setter with an entourage of parasites
sycophant adds to this a strong suggestion of fawning, flattery, or adulation.
    • a powerful prince surrounded by sycophants
toady emphasizes the servility and snobbery of the self-seeker.
    • cultivated leaders of society and became their toady
leech stresses persistence in clinging to or bleeding another for one's own advantage.
    • a leech living off his family and friends
sponge stresses the parasitic laziness, dependence, and opportunism of the cadger.
    • a shiftless sponge, always looking for a handout

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