from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Biology An organism that grows, feeds, and is sheltered on or in a different organism while contributing nothing to the survival of its host.
- n. One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.
- n. One who lives off and flatters the rich; a sycophant.
- n. A professional dinner guest, especially in ancient Greece.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A (generally undesirable) living organism that exists by stealing the resources produced/collected by another living organism.
- n. A person who relies on other people's efforts and gives little back (originally a sycophant).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who frequents the tables of the rich, or who lives at another's expense, and earns his welcome by flattery; a hanger-on; a toady; a sycophant.
- n. A plant obtaining nourishment immediately from other plants to which it attaches itself, and whose juices it absorbs; -- sometimes, but erroneously, called epiphyte.
- n. A plant living on or within an animal, and supported at its expense, as many species of fungi of the genus Torrubia.
- n. An animal which lives during the whole or part of its existence on or in the body of some other animal, feeding upon its food, blood, or tissues, as lice, tapeworms, etc.
- n. An animal which steals the food of another, as the parasitic jager.
- n. An animal which habitually uses the nest of another, as the cowbird and the European cuckoo.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, one who frequents the tables of the rich and earns his welcome by flattery; hence a hanger-on; a fawning fiatterer; a sycophant.
- n. Specifically In zoö., an animal that lives in or on and at the expense of another animal called technically the host; also, by extension, an animal which lives on or with, but not at the expense of, its host: in the latter sense, more precisely designated inquilince or commensal (see these words). , Particularly, an insect which lives either upon or within another insect during its earlier stages, eating and usually destroying its host. In botany, a plant which grows upon another plant or upon an animal, and feeds upon its juices. See parasitic, and cut under Cercospora.
- n. In teratology See autosite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); it obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host
- n. a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP chief executive, has labelled Google a "frenemy", due to both the threat and the opportunity it represents, while former ITV chief executive Michael Grade decided not to sit on the fence, preferring the term "parasite".
Yet, the word parasite still carries the same insulting charge.
The term parasite is often applied to a person who takes advantage of other people and fails to offer anything in return.
At what point does the term parasite come into play?
She apologized for using the term parasite, although she did not back down from her denouncement of anti-vaccine groups 'pseudoscientific claims.
Parasites made themselves, or at least their effects, known thousands of years ago, long before the name parasite—parasitos—was created by the Greeks.
They may earn on average the equivalent of $27,000 a year, but they’re not expected to pay rent or contribute to the household in any way—hence the term parasite singles.
The dictionary definition of a "parasite" is "an organism that grows, feeds, and is sheltered on or in a different organism while contributing nothing to the survival of its host."
Yeah, you have a pretty good chance of catching some kind of parasite from the food here.
In New York, where I live, the word parasite doesn’t mean much, or at least not much in particular.