zombie

[zom-bee]
noun
1.
a.
the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose.
b.
the supernatural force itself.
2.
Informal.
a.
a person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote; automaton.
b.
an eccentric or peculiar person.
3.
a snake god worshiped in West Indian and Brazilian religious practices of African origin.
4.
a tall drink made typically with several kinds of rum, citrus juice, and often apricot liqueur.
5.
Canadian Slang. an army conscript assigned to home defense during World War II.

Origin:
1810–20; apparently < Kongo or Kimbundu nzambi god

zombiism, noun
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zombie or zombi (ˈzɒmbɪ)
 
n , pl -bies, -bis
1.  a person who is or appears to be lifeless, apathetic, or totally lacking in independent judgment; automaton
2.  a supernatural spirit that reanimates a dead body
3.  a corpse brought to life in this manner
4.  the snake god of voodoo cults in the West Indies, esp Haiti, and in scattered areas of the southern US
5.  the python god revered in parts of West Africa
6.  a piece of computer code that instructs an infected computer to send a virus on to other computer systems
 
[from Kongo zumbi good-luck fetish]
 
zombi or zombi
 
n
 
[from Kongo zumbi good-luck fetish]
 
'zombiism or zombi
 
n

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Word Origin & History

zombie
1871, of W. African origin (cf. Kikongo zumbi "fetish;" Kimbundu nzambi "god"), originally the name of a snake god, later with meaning "reanimated corpse" in voodoo cult. But perhaps also from Louisiana creole word meaning "phantom, ghost," from Sp. sombra "shade, ghost." Sense "slow-witted person" is
recorded from 1936.
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zombie definition

[ˈzɑmbi]
  1. n.
    a weird and frightening person. : Martin is practically a zombie. Doesn't he ever go out—in the daylight, I mean? , Britney's getting to look like a zombie. Is she well?
  2. n.
    a very stupid person. : Please ask one of those zombies to stand by the door.
  3. n.
    a very tired person. : I feel like such a zombie. Maybe I'm not eating right.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Computing Dictionary

zombie definition


1. zombie process.
2. A ghost.
[Jargon File]
(1997-10-08)

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Example sentences
Some ant species are colonized by a parasitic fungus that turns them into
  zombie vehicles for spore dispersal.
From zombie caterpillars to basking sharks at sea.
Eventually, even this zombie of a star rests in peace.
Everyone would turn into a living zombie with an identification number covertly
  tagged.
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