- 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
Examples from the Web for vampirish
In the night, the dry, vampirish Martian air had dessicated them.Rebels of the Red Planet
Charles Louis Fontenay
The unclean and vampirish spirit of war has swept them back to the habits of the cave-dwelling ages of the race.
What, then, but some exotic emanation; some vampirish vapor such as Exeter rustics tell of as lurking over certain churchyards?The Shunned House
Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Word Origin and History for vampirish
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.