verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of leech1
OTHER WORDS FROM leechleechlike, adjective
Words nearby leech
Definition for leech (2 of 4)
Origin of leech2
Definition for leech (3 of 4)
Origin of leech3
Definition for leech (4 of 4)
Example sentences from the Web for leech
Treatment involved a “toxic arsenal of emetics, laxatives, diuretics, and expectorants” as well as “lances, leeches, and blisters.”Determined to practice medicine, two sisters defied conventions|Janet Golden|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
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
Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) and Branson (Allen Leech) got married and were happy.‘Borgen,’ ‘Girls,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Mad Men’ & More: Ten Best TV Shows of 2012|Jace Lacob, Maria Elena Fernandez|December 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Verily, there is not a leech that sucks out the blood from the body more than these little ships do this camp of men.
Leech, the caricaturist,—one of the most absurdly over-rated men of this century,—was at Charterhouse from 1825 to 1831.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries|Charles G. Harper
The old lady overhead has a shrewd tongue, but she is a marvellous good leech.A Prince of Cornwall|Charles W. Whistler
It seemed as if the whole awful creature were simply gorged with blood; he lay like a filthy leech, exhausted with his repletion.Dracula|Bram Stoker
The viper says to the leech, ‘Why do people invite your bite, and flee from mine?’The Romany Rye|George Borrow
British Dictionary definitions for leech (1 of 2)
- an archaic word for physician
- (in combination)leechcraft