A single leech.
- The definition of a leech is a type of worm found in water or in wet areas with a strong sucker on both ends of its body which it uses to suck blood from its hosts, or a person who attaches themselves to another person like a parasite.
- An example of a leech is a flat black worm that sticks to you in a swamp.
- An example of a leech is someone who befriends a elderly person in order to get their money.
- To leech is defined as to get a file on a file sharing site that is being hosted by another user without allowing your file to be copied at the same time.
An example of to leech is to download a movie on IsoHunt without sharing it to other users to download.
- To leech means to cling to something or take all that thing has.
An example of to leech is for a loan shark to take the money of someone who defaults on a loan.
- Archaic a physician
- any of a subclass (Hirudinea) of mostly flattened, annelid worms living in water or wet earth and having a well-developed sucker at each end: most are bloodsuckers, and one species (Hirudo medicinalis) has been used in medicine, esp. in former times, to bleed patients
- a person who clings to another to gain some personal advantage; parasite
Origin of leechMiddle English leche from Old English læce, akin to Old High German l?hhi, Gothic l?keis, magician, healer, Old English lacnian, to heal, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form le?-, collect, gather together from source Classical Latin lex (see legal); leechsense is supposedly the same word (from use in medicine), but Old English (Kentish) lyce, Middle English liche, Middle Dutch lieke suggest a different word assimilated by folk etymology
- Obs. to heal
- to apply leeches to; bleed with leeches
- to cling to (another) as a parasite; drain dry
- the after edge of a fore-and-aft sail
- either of the vertical edges of a square sail
Origin of leechLate Middle English lyche, akin to Old Norse lik from Dutch lijk, boltrope from Indo-European base an unverified form lei?-, to bind, fasten from source Classical Latin ligare, to tie
- Any of various chiefly aquatic carnivorous or bloodsucking annelid worms of the class (or subclass) Hirudinea, of which one species (Hirudo medicinalis) was formerly widely used by physicians for therapeutic bloodletting.
- One that preys on or clings to another; a parasite.
- Archaic A physician.
verbleeched, leech·ing, leech·es
- To bleed with leeches.
- To drain the essence or exhaust the resources of.
Origin of leechMiddle English leche physician, leech from Old English lǣce ; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
- Either vertical edge of a square sail.
- The after edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
Origin of leechMiddle English leche probably from Middle Low German līk leech line ; see leig- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present leeches, present participle leeching, simple past and past participle leeched)
Do not confuse this verb with the verb leach.
From Middle English leche (“blood-sucking worm"), from Old English lÇ£Ä‹e (“blood-sucking worm"), akin to Middle Dutch lÄke (“blood-sucking worm") (Dutch laak).
From Middle English leche (“physician"), from Old English lÇ£Ä‹e (“doctor, physician"), from Proto-Germanic *lÄ“kijaz (“doctor"), from Proto-Indo-European *lÄ“g(')- (“doctor"). Cognate with Old Frisian lÄ“tza (“physician"), Old Saxon lÄki (“physician"), Old High German lÄhhi (“doctor, healer"), Danish lÃ¦ge (“doctor, surgeon"), Gothic ðŒ»ðŒ´ðŒºðŒ´ðŒ¹ðƒ (lekeis, “physician"), Old Irish lÃaig (“exorcist, doctor").
Middle English lek, leche, lyche, from Old Norse lÃk (“leechline"), from Proto-Germanic *lÄ«kÄ… (compare West Frisian lyk (“band"), Dutch lijk (“boltrope"), Middle High German geleich (“joint, limb")), from Proto-Indo-European *leiÄ- "˜to bind' (compare Latin ligÅ (“tie, bind"), Ukrainian Ð½Ð°Ð»Ð¸Ð³Ð°Ñ‚Ð¸ (nalÃ½haty, “to bridle, fetter"), Albanian lidh (“to bind")).