any animal that sucks blood, especially a leech.
an extortioner or usurer.

Nearby words

  1. bloodstained,
  2. bloodstock,
  3. bloodstock industry,
  4. bloodstone,
  5. bloodstream,
  6. bloodthirsty,
  7. bloodwood,
  8. bloodworm,
  9. bloodwort,
  10. bloody

Origin of bloodsucker

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at blood, sucker

Related formsblood·suck·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bloodsucker



an animal that sucks blood, esp a leech or mosquito
a person or thing that preys upon another person, esp by extorting money
Derived Formsbloodsucking, adjective

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Word Origin and History for bloodsucker



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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