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bloodsucker Syllabification: blood·suck·er
Pronunciation: /ˈblədˌsəkər/

Definition of bloodsucker in English:


1An insect or other animal that sucks blood, especially a leech or a mosquito.
Example sentences
  • The female mosquitoes become the bloodsuckers, and they use their long proboscis to bite other animals and feed on their blood.
  • She was suddenly keenly aware off all the little pricks on her skin, where mosquitoes, the rotten little bloodsuckers, were feasting on her exposed flesh.
  • Doctors in the US are warning people to avoid the natural response to squash the insects but instead recommend giving the bloodsuckers a flick.
2A long-tailed arboreal Asian lizard that carries its head in a raised position. Its ability to change color is most marked in the male, whose head and shoulders become bright red when excited.
  • Calotes versicolor, family Agamidae
3A person who extorts money.
Example sentences
  • Ah, but… These bloodsuckers prey on the poor, often Native folk: car title loans, payday loans, personal loans up to $500.
  • Ironically, the blood is now being sucked out the other way: India's hill stations will soon be sucked dry by a new variety of bloodsuckers.
  • There are greedy bloodsuckers and there are banks.
3.1A person who lives off others; a parasite.
Example sentences
  • ‘I only said that because you were trying to attach yourself to her like some kind of bloodsucker,’ Shouma said, leaning comfortably into his crutches.
  • I don't think that the people who make exaggerated petty claims are the worst bloodsuckers though, they are just greedy, self-centred and inconsiderate freeloaders.
  • I'd give him more advice about the hypocrites surrounding him and say, ‘Look, all these are just bloodsuckers.’


Pronunciation: /-ˌsəkiNG/
Example sentences
  • He pulls up his shirt to reveal a bloodsucking creature attached to his belly.
  • When outdoors, people are encouraged to use an insect repellant containing DEET, an active ingredient unequalled at keeping the bloodsucking pests at bay.
  • The extent to which I hate bloodsucking ticks can hardly be described and I subject myself to intense and private scrutiny when I return home.
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