verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of leech1
Related formsleech·like, adjective
Definition for leech (2 of 4)
Origin of leech2
Definition for leech (3 of 4)
Origin of leech3
Definition for leech (4 of 4)
Examples from the Web for leech
If neglected, any system can become a host upon which all other systems will leech.
To live with anxiety is to live with a leech that saps you of your energy, confidence, and chutzpah.How to Cure Your Anxiety? Read Henry James’s ‘The Portrait of a Lady,’ Of Course.|Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkind|September 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
One suspected him to be a leech, but pardoned the motive for the manner.Bohemian Days|Geo. Alfred Townsend
In the "Ingoldsby Legends" Leech found a very congenial field for the exercise of his powers.
Before leaving this repugnant milieu, one may still consider the leech.The Natural Philosophy of Love|Remy de Gourmont
Leech draws them as naturally as Teniers depicts Dutch boors, or Morland pigs and stables.
Leech's line, called "the Western Transportation line," takes both freight and passengers.A New Guide for Emigrants to the West|J. M. Peck
British Dictionary definitions for leech (1 of 2)
- an archaic word for physician
- (in combination)leechcraft