American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A snake god of voodoo cults in West Africa, Haiti, and the southern United States.
- n. A supernatural power or spell that according to voodoo belief can enter into and reanimate a corpse.
- n. A corpse revived in this way.
- n. One who looks or behaves like an automaton.
- n. A tall mixed drink made of various rums, liqueur, and fruit juice.
- n. A snake god or fetish in religions of West Africa and elsewhere.
- n. A person, usually undead, animated by unnatural forces (such as magic), with no soul or will of his/her own.
- n. fiction, horror A deceased person who becomes reanimate to attack the living.
- n. figuratively An apathetic person.
- n. figuratively A human being in a state of extreme mental exhaustion.
- n. 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.
- n. computing A computer affected by malware which causes it to do whatever the attacker wants it to do without the user's knowledge.
- n. A cocktail of rum and fruit juices.
- n. philosophy A hypothetical person who lacks self awareness.
- n. a god of voodoo cults of African origin worshipped especially in West Indies
- n. a dead body that has been brought back to life by a supernatural force
- n. (voodooism) a spirit or supernatural force that reanimates a dead body
- n. several kinds of rum with fruit juice and usually apricot liqueur
- n. someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way
- From Bantu. Compare Kikongo zumbi (fetish), Kimbundu nzambi (god), and Caribbean folklore's jumbee (a spirit or demon). May also be related to sombra. (Wiktionary)
- Caribbean French and English Creole, from Kimbundu -zumbi, ghost, departed spirit. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“Even worse, the term zombie is used to describe people and institutions that should be capable of decisive action at this critical moment.”
“Grahame-Smith prefers to use words such as “undead,” “unmentionables” and “plague stricken” instead; although, the word zombie is peppered throughout.”
“Graham says people shouldn't get caught up on that word nationalization, that we cannot keep funding what he calls zombie banks without the public taking control.”
“It had to be some kind of demon, had to be, because the word her brain came up with, the word zombie, was not possible.”
“And I know you can't comment specifically on any deals but maybe you could just talk about what you're seeing up in your marker right now, on sort of whether there is an increase in sort of what I call zombie banks versus FDIC deals.”
“Oxford Internet Institute decided that what the world really needed was a map of the frequency of the word "zombie" in internet searches around the world.”
“I'm beginning to think that the definition of "zombie" is quickly changing (again), and soon no one will remember that a very necessary part of being a zombie is being, you know, dead.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘zombie’.
Since English is littered with loanwords, everything could conceivably end up here. But there is a distinct feeling associated with these.. maybe they're young additions to the English language; I ...
The bang, the cannonade,
the bale, the hum.
nouns for bad people / words that describe bad people.
goto the good people list
( people, character, descriptor, noun )
species, sex, age bracket, occupation, hobby .. etc.
Have some liquor to help the orange juice go down.
Words with technical senses resembling but not wholly reflective of vernacular usage, often because of a need for greater precision in some discipline or other.
All of these things exist, I swear!
Surfing the cyber lexicon.
My big word list.
Looking for tweets for zombie.