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

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

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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 bloodsucking



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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