- 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.
- the supernatural force itself.
- a person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote; automaton.
- an eccentric or peculiar person.
Origin of zombie
Related Words for zombiefigure, personality, phantom, devil, demon, soul, shadow, specter, vision, vampire, laborer, clone, robot, agent, grind, puppet, drudge, automaton, case, customer
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Contemporary Examples of zombie
But the title of Best Death definitely belongs to Bob Stookey, who got bitten by a zombie then captured by cannibals.The Red Viper, Zoe Barnes, and the Best Fictional Deaths of 2014
January 1, 2015
Their last hope for saving humanity, Eugene, turned out to be a liar with no idea how to stop the zombie virus.‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Scott Gimple Teases ‘Darker, Weirder’ Times Ahead
December 2, 2014
If you were in the zombie apocalypse, would you be a hunter, the hunted, or Tyreese?Andrew Lincoln Wants Rick to End With Johnny Cash and the Sunset
October 14, 2014
But it also happened in the zombie game DayZ to video game writer Kim Correa.Gaming Misogyny Gets Infinite Lives: Zoe Quinn, Virtual Rape, and Sexism
August 22, 2014
I hate to break the news, but Molly Shannon would definitely not make it through the zombie apocalypse.Molly Shannon on ‘Life After Beth,’ Turning 50, and ‘Never Been Kissed’
August 17, 2014
Historical Examples of zombie
It was soon plain that she was a zombie with about ten words in her vocabulary.The Planet Strappers
Raymond Zinke Gallun
No one was in the stores, and no one was bothering with the zombie maze.Makers
I logged back in and there I was, still on the deck of the Zombie Charger, waiting for someone to wind me up.Little Brother
A mad enterprise indeed—a ghost and a zombie, going to seek out a foe whose numbers and whose might grew ever more apparent.World of the Drone
One word from Douglas and she had become a zombie—a mindless muscle preparation that existed only to obey.The Lani People
J. F. Bone
noun plural -bies or -bis
Word Origin for zombie
1871, of West African origin (cf. Kikongo zumbi "fetish;" Kimbundu nzambi "god"), originally the name of a snake god, later with meaning "reanimated corpse" in voodoo cult. But perhaps also from Louisiana creole word meaning "phantom, ghost," from Spanish sombra "shade, ghost." Sense "slow-witted person" is recorded from 1936.