undead

[ uhn-ded ]
/ ˌʌnˈdɛd /

adjective

no longer alive but animated by a supernatural force, as a vampire or zombie.

noun

(used with a plural verb) undead beings collectively (usually preceded by the).

Nearby words

  1. undamped,
  2. undated,
  3. undauntable,
  4. undaunted,
  5. undaunting,
  6. undecagon,
  7. undeceive,
  8. undecided,
  9. undecillion,
  10. undecipherable

Origin of undead

First recorded in 1895–1900

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British Dictionary definitions for undead

undead

/ (ʌnˈdɛd) /

adjective

  1. (of a fictional being, such as a vampire) technically dead but reanimated
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the undead
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Word Origin and History for undead

undead

adj.

"neither dead nor alive," c.1400, from un- (1) "not" + dead. As a noun meaning "vampires and such," from 1904.

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