Definition of "zombie" [zombie]

  • A snake god of voodoo cults in West Africa, Haiti, and the southern United States. (noun)
  • A supernatural power or spell that according to voodoo belief can enter into and reanimate a corpse. (noun)
  • A corpse revived in this way. (noun)
  • One who looks or behaves like an automaton. (noun)
  • A tall mixed drink made of various rums, liqueur, and fruit juice. (noun)
  • A person who is or appears to be lifeless, apathetic, or totally lacking in independent judgment; automaton (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A supernatural spirit that reanimates a dead body (noun)
  • A corpse brought to life in this manner (noun)
  • The snake god of voodoo cults in the West Indies, esp Haiti, and in scattered areas of the southern US (noun)
  • The python god revered in parts of West Africa (noun)
  • A piece of computer code that instructs an infected computer to send a virus on to other computer systems (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "zombie" in a sentence
  • "The term zombie company is a throwback to the 1990s when the Japan's asset bubble burst and large corporations avoided bankruptcy by being kept alive with loans from banks that also held their stock."
  • "Stuart Gordon says the term zombie originates from the African Congo word zumbi, which means 'enslaved spirit.'"
  • "So when I use the term zombie I am not referring to a specific bank today, but rather the effect this legislation has."