- Folklore one of the undead that wanders at night to suck the blood of its human victims
- an unscrupulous person who preys ruthlessly on others, as a blackmailer or usurer
- Informal vamp
- vampire bat
Origin of vampireFrench from German vampir, of Slavic, Slavonic origin, originally , as in Serbian vàmp?r
- In popular folklore, an undead being in human form that survives by sucking the blood of living people, especially at night.
- A person, such as an extortionist, who takes advantage of others, especially for personal gain.
- A vampire bat.
Origin of vampireFrench from German Vampir of Slavic origin
- vam·pir′ic vam·pir′i·cal vam′pir′ish
- A mythological undead creature said to feed on the blood of the living. [from earlier 18th c.]
- (colloquial) A person with the medical condition Systemic lupus erythematosus, colloquially known as vampirism, with effects such as photosensitivity, brownish-red stained teeth, and increased night vision.
- A blood-sucking bat; vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) [from later 18th c.]