Definition of zombie in English:

zombie

Line breaks: zom¦bie
Pronunciation: /ˈzɒmbi
 
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noun

1A corpse said to be revived by witchcraft, especially in certain African and Caribbean religions.
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  • And we are in love with vampires, ghosts, murders, zombies, and basically anything weird!
  • It turns out that these monsters bite you and turn you into zombies, and in turn the zombies evolve into monsters.
  • It's long since official - zombies are the monsters of the moment in recent cinema.
1.1 informal A person who is or appears lifeless, apathetic, or completely unresponsive to their surroundings.
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  • Not many like to go there, because it can be an unnerving experience, the officials more often than not appearing like zombies who cannot even hear applicants.
  • As D-Day approached I became a zombie, all distant stares and unresponsive grunts.
  • I stopped… progressing for a while, a sort of zombie of my former self.
1.2A computer controlled by another person without the owner’s knowledge and used for sending spam or other illegal or illicit activities.
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  • Malicious programs capable of turning home PCs into zombies controlled by hackers are growing at between 150 to 200 per week.
  • The zombies mount attacks by flooding servers with traffic til they can't cope.
  • Zombies can be used by criminal hackers to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks, spread spam messages or to steal confidential information.
2A cocktail consisting of several kinds of rum, liqueur, and fruit juice.
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  • Try drinking the Zombie, but don't have too many.

Origin

early 19th century: of West African origin; compare with Kikongo zumbi 'fetish'.

Derivatives

zombielike

adjective
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  • This morning, I stumble downstairs in the zombielike pre-coffee state and wander aimlessly around the kitchen.
  • He seemed very strange, anaesthetized and zombielike.
  • Charles is medicated to a zombielike mellowness and has neither held down a job nor moved out of his mother's house in Philadelphia.

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