WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
vam•pire /ˈvæmpaɪr/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Mythology
    • a corpse believed to come alive and leave the grave, typically in order to suck the blood of sleeping persons at night.
  2. a person who preys ruthlessly upon others.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
vam•pire  (vamər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a preternatural being, commonly believed to be a reanimated corpse, that is said to suck the blood of sleeping persons at night.
  2. (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.
  3. a person who preys ruthlessly upon others; extortionist.
  4. a woman who unscrupulously exploits, ruins, or degrades the men she seduces.
  5. an actress noted for her roles as an unscrupulous seductress: the vampires of the silent movies.
  • 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
  • French)
  • ( 1725–35
vam•pir•ic  (vam pirik),USA pronunciation  vam•pir•ish  (vamər ish),USA pronunciation adj. 

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vampire /ˈvæmpaɪə/ n
  1. (in European folklore) a corpse that rises nightly from its grave to drink the blood of the living
  2. See vampire bat
  3. a person who preys mercilessly upon others, such as a blackmailer
Etymology: 18th Century: from French, from German Vampir, from Magyar; perhaps related to Turkish uber witch, Russian upyr vampire

vampiric /væmˈpɪrɪk/, ˈvampirish adj



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