Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An animal, such as a leech, that sucks blood.
  • noun An extortionist or a blackmailer.
  • noun A person who is intrusively or overly dependent upon another; a parasite.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Any animal that sucks blood, as a leech, a mosquito, etc.
  • noun A name of a common agamoid East Indian lizard, Calotes versicolor, perhaps so called from the reddish hue of the throat, as it does not suck blood.
  • noun A cruel or bloodthirsty man; hence, one who sucks the blood of or preys upon another; an extortioner; a sponger.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any animal that sucks blood; esp., the leech (Hirudo medicinalis), and related species.
  • noun obsolete One who sheds blood; a cruel, bloodthirsty man; one guilty of bloodshed; a murderer.
  • noun A hard and exacting master, landlord, or money lender; an extortioner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who drinks the blood of others, especially by sucking blood through a puncture wound; a hemovore.
  • noun By extension, any parasite.
  • noun By extension, one who attempts to take as much from others as possible.
  • noun A vampire.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end

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Examples

  • Another pest is a small midge, or sand-fly, which causes intolerable itching, and subsequent irritation, and is in this respect the most insufferable torment in Sikkim; the minutest rent in one's clothes is detected by the acute senses of this insatiable bloodsucker, which is itself so small as to be barely visible without a microscope.

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  • The head of the Chamber of Commerce-the nation's largest business trade association, with an annual budget of $258 million-doesn't mind being called a bloodsucker or inspiring howls of protest.

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  • I wonder what kind of bloodsucker would want to make me itch.

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  • So they hastened to him and, tucking up their sleeves, fell to searching for the flea; but as soon as the bloodsucker was aware of the search, he turned to flee and coming on the mouse’s home, entered it.

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  • Brown also chastised state Sen. Eric Johnson during his speech, calling the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor a "bloodsucker" pandering to voters.

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  • Brown also chastised state Sen. Eric Johnson during his speech, calling the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor a "bloodsucker" pandering to voters.

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  • Ethan Hawke stars as a vampire scientist who rebels against a society ruled by a bloodsucker majority, linking up with a human survivor underground led by Willem Dafoe.

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  • Bonus points for also working in a Buffy reference (the victim, a talented artist and bloodsucker wannabe named Crow, had been staked).

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  • It's a fun little romp with a few twists on the bloodsucker mythos: here we get a nest of vampires operating from a strip club.

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