[ zom-bee ]
/ ˈzɒm bi /


(in voodoo)
  1. the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose.
  2. the supernatural force itself.
  1. a person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote; automaton.
  2. an eccentric or peculiar person.
a snake god worshiped in West Indian and Brazilian religious practices of African origin.
a tall drink made typically with several kinds of rum, citrus juice, and often apricot liqueur.
Canadian Slang. an army conscript assigned to home defense during World War II.

Origin of zombie

1810–20; apparently < Kongo or Kimbundu nzambi god


zom·bi·ism, noun
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/ (ˈzɒmbɪ) /

noun plural -bies or -bis

a person who is or appears to be lifeless, apathetic, or totally lacking in independent judgment; automaton
a supernatural spirit that reanimates a dead body
a corpse brought to life in this manner
the snake god of voodoo cults in the West Indies, esp Haiti, and in scattered areas of the southern US
the python god revered in parts of West Africa
a piece of computer code that instructs an infected computer to send a virus on to other computer systems

Derived forms of zombie

zombiism, noun

Word Origin for zombie

from Kongo zumbi good-luck fetish
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