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bloodsucker

[bluhd-suhk-er] /ˈblʌdˌsʌk ər/
noun
1.
any animal that sucks blood, especially a leech.
2.
an extortioner or usurer.
3.
sponger (def 2).
Origin of bloodsucker
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at blood, sucker
Related forms
bloodsucking, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bloodsucker

bloodsucker

/ˈblʌdˌsʌkə/
noun
1.
an animal that sucks blood, esp a leech or mosquito
2.
a person or thing that preys upon another person, esp by extorting money
Derived Forms
bloodsucking, adjective
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Word Origin and History for bloodsucker
n.

also blood-sucker, late 14c., of animals, from blood (n.) + sucker (n.); in the figurative sense, of persons, it is attested from 1660s.

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