vampire

[ vam-pahyuhr ]
/ ˈvæm paɪər /

noun

a preternatural being, commonly believed to be a reanimated corpse, that is said to suck the blood of sleeping persons at night.
(in Eastern European folklore) a corpse, animated by an undeparted soul or demon, that periodically leaves the grave and disturbs the living, until it is exhumed and impaled or burned.
a person who preys ruthlessly upon others; extortionist.
a woman who unscrupulously exploits, ruins, or degrades the men she seduces.
an actress noted for her roles as an unscrupulous seductress: the vampires of the silent movies.

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Origin of vampire

First recorded in 1725–35; from French or directly from German Vampir, from Serbo-Croatian vàmpīr, alteration of earlier upir (by confusion with doublets such as vȁzdūh, ȕzdūh “air” (from Slavic vŭ- ), and with intrusive nasal, as in dùbrava, dumbrȁva “grove”); akin to Czech upír, Polish upiór, Old Russian upyrĭ, upirĭ (Russian upýrʾ ), from unattested Slavic u-pirĭ or ǫ-pirĭ, probably a deverbal compound with unattested per- “fly, rush” (literal meaning variously interpreted)

OTHER WORDS FROM vampire

vam·pir·ic [vam-pir-ik], /væmˈpɪr ɪk/, vam·pir·ish [vam-pahyuhr-ish], /ˈvæm paɪər ɪʃ/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for vampire

vampire
/ (ˈvæmpaɪə) /

noun

(in European folklore) a corpse that rises nightly from its grave to drink the blood of the living
a person who preys mercilessly upon others, such as a blackmailer
theatre a trapdoor on a stage

Derived forms of vampire

vampiric (væmˈpɪrɪk) or vampirish, adjective

Word Origin for vampire

C18: from French, from German Vampir, from Magyar; perhaps related to Turkish uber witch, Russian upyr vampire
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