WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
vam•pire /ˈvæmpaɪr/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- a corpse believed to come alive and leave the grave, typically in order to suck the blood of sleeping persons at night.
- a person who preys ruthlessly upon others.
(vam′pīər),USA pronunciation n.
- a preternatural being, commonly believed to be a reanimated corpse, that is said to suck the blood of sleeping persons at night.
- (in Eastern European folklore) a corpse, animated by an undeparted soul or demon, that periodically leaves the grave and disturbs the living, until it is exhumed and impaled or burned.
- a person who preys ruthlessly upon others; extortionist.
- a woman who unscrupulously exploits, ruins, or degrades the men she seduces.
- an actress noted for her roles as an unscrupulous seductress: the vampires of the silent movies.
(vam pir′ik),USA pronunciation vam•pir•ish
(vam′pīər ish),USA pronunciation adj.
- Slavic *u-pirĭ or *ǫ-pirĭ, probably a deverbal compound with *per- fly, rush (literal meaning variously interpreted)
- Slavic vù-), and with intrusive nasal, as in dùbrava, dumbrȁva grove); akin to Czech upír, Polish upiór, Old Russian upyrĭ, upirĭ, (Russian upýr’)
- Serbo-Croatian vàmpīr, alteration of earlier upir (by confusion with doublets such as vȁzdūh, ȕzdūh air (
- German Vampir
- ( 1725–35
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vampire /ˈvæmpaɪə/ n
Etymology: 18th Century: from French, from German Vampir, from Magyar; perhaps related to Turkish uber witch, Russian upyr vampirevampiric /væmˈpɪrɪk/, ˈvampirish adj
- (in European folklore) a corpse that rises nightly from its grave to drink the blood of the living
- See vampire bat
- a person who preys mercilessly upon others, such as a blackmailer
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