Zombie meaning

zŏm'bē
Zombie is defined as a dead person who is animated but in a trance and has no free will, or a person behaving in that manner.

An example of a zombie is a character in a fictional movie who chases after people with arms outstretched.

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A bank or business that cannot meet its financial obligations or make new loans but has been allowed to continue operating by the government.
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In West Indian voodoo, a corpse brought to a state of trancelike animation and made to obey the commands of the person exercising the power.
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Any animated corpse, as in horror films and stories.
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A weird, eccentric, or unattractive person.
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An iced drink made with fruit juices, various kinds of rum, and, often, apricot brandy.
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A computer that has been covertly taken over in order to perform some nefarious task. It is estimated that millions of PCs around the world have become zombies and, under the control of a third party, routinely transmit messages unbeknownst to the user.Zombies are widely used to relay spam so that messages come from thousands of different IP addresses, avoiding detection and expanding volume at the same time.Denial of ServiceBefore spam became such a popular pastime, zombies were used to transmit phony messages to a server in order to slow down service and disrupt the network. A "pulsing zombie" is one that sends bogus messages in periodic bursts rather than continuously to avoid detection. See zombie bot, zombie language, zombie script, zombie scrolling, zombie VM, spam, denial-of-service attack and botnet.
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A snake god or fetish in religions of West Africa and elsewhere.
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(voodoo, superstition) A person, usually undead, animated by unnatural forces (such as magic), with no soul or will of his/her own.
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(fiction) A deceased person who becomes reanimate to attack the living.

I shot a zombie. He was a zombie, Kenneth. The pilot was bitten before he picked us up!

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(figuratively) An apathetic person.
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(figuratively) A human being in a state of extreme mental exhaustion.

After working for 18 hours on the computer, I was a zombie.

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(computing) A process or task which has terminated but was not removed from the list of processes, typically because it has child processes that have not yet terminated.
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(computing) A computer affected by malware which causes it to do whatever the attacker wants it to do without the user's knowledge.
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(Canada, historical, derogatory) A conscripted member of the Canadian military during World War II who was assigned to home defence rather than to combat in Europe.
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(philosophy) A hypothetical person who lacks self awareness.
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A snake god of voodoo cults in West Africa, Haiti, and the southern United States.
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A tall mixed drink made of various rums, liqueur, and fruit juice.
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A person considered to be like a zombie in listlessness, mechanical behavior, etc.
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Origin of zombie

  • Louisiana French Creole Haitian Creole zonbi of Bantu origin Kimbundu nzúmbi ghost, soul, spirit
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From a Bantu language. Compare Kikongo zumbi (“fetish"), Kimbundu nzambi (god), and Caribbean folklore's jumbee (a spirit or demon). May also be related to sombra.
    From Wiktionary