- 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.
Origin of vampire
Related Words for vampirebeast, villain, monster, vampire, phantom, devil, demon, soul, shadow, specter, vision, parasite, sponge, freeloader, tick, leech, extortioner, visitor, haunt, bogeyman
Examples from the Web for vampire
Contemporary Examples of vampire
Mistletoe is basically a vampire—but one of those an anti-hero type vampires.Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants
December 21, 2014
The vampire at the heart of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night neither sparkles nor sleeps in coffins.The Punk Behind Iran's Only Vampire Spaghetti Western-Style Love Story
November 21, 2014
And someone named something like, “Vampire Man Randy,” commented on it and wrote, “sex feet.”How Aidy Bryant Stealthily Became Your Favorite ‘Saturday Night Live’ Star
October 31, 2014
Next door in Romania, a historical figure nicknamed Vlad the Impaler inspired the first mainstream depiction of a vampire.
He is believed to have been considered a vampire in the mid-19th century and decapitated after his death.
Historical Examples of vampire
The horrible doubts which he had driven away were sucking at his heart like a vampire.The Eternal City
It is said that the vampire has a sort of hunger, which makes him eat the linen which envelops him.The Phantom World
Popery is the vampire that is sucking the life-blood of the country.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Why should a man be ever shadowed by the vampire wing of his past?
It was as if the place was a vampire that was sucking the life and health from our veins.
Word Origin for vampire
1734, from French vampire or German Vampir (1732, in an account of Hungarian vampires), from Hungarian vampir, from Old Church Slavonic opiri (cf. Serbian vampir, Bulgarian vapir, Ukrainian uper), said by Slavic linguist Franc Miklošič to be ultimtely from Kazan Tatar ubyr "witch," but Max Vasmer, an expert in this linguistic area, finds that phonetically doubtful. An Eastern European creature popularized in English by late 19c. gothic novels, however there are scattered English accounts of night-walking, blood-gorged, plague-spreading undead corpses from as far back as 1196. Applied 1774 by French biologist Buffon to a species of South American blood-sucking bat.