There are 3 definitions of leech in English:

leech1

Syllabification: leech
Pronunciation: /lēCH
 
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noun

  • 1An aquatic or terrestrial annelid worm with suckers at both ends. Many species are bloodsucking parasites, especially of vertebrates, and others are predators.
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    • The rhynchobdellids are strictly aquatic leeches that have small, porelike mouths in the oral sucker.
    • While at rest, the medicinal leech lies under large objects on the shoreline, partially out of water.
    • It's a bit of a shame, especially as the leeches used for therapy sessions aren't your average leeches.
  • 2A person who extorts profit from or sponges on others: they are leeches feeding off the hardworking majority
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    • These adversaries were leeches, cowards who feed on the weak and helpless.
    • Robby had always known that the business was filled with leeches and liars - confused, timid men and women whose only chance of achieving success was to latch onto someone who had been deemed successful by others.
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  • Habitually exploit or rely on: he’s leeching off the kindness of others
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    • Those people who operate these servers… are parasites leeching off the creativity of others.
    • The main limitation I see is that society would not work if everyone leeched off it in this way.
    • If you want to leech off someone's Wi-fi to download the update, drive by my house and leech off mine.

Origin

Old English lǣce, lȳce; related to Middle Dutch lake, lieke.

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There are 3 definitions of leech in English:

leech2

Syllabification: leech
Pronunciation: /
 
lēCH/

noun

archaic
  • A doctor or healer.

Origin

Old English lǣce, of Germanic origin.

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leech3

Syllabification: leech
Pronunciation: /
 
lēCH/

noun

Sailing
  • The after or leeward edge of a fore-and-aft sail, the leeward edge of a spinnaker, or a vertical edge of a square sail.

Origin

late 15th century: probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish lik, Danish lig, denoting a rope sewn round the edge of a sail to stop the canvas from tearing.

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