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zombie

[zom-bee] /ˈzɒm bi/
noun
1.
  1. 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.
  2. the supernatural force itself.
2.
Informal.
  1. a person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote; automaton.
  2. 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
1810-1820
1810-20; apparently < Kongo or Kimbundu nzambi god
Related forms
zombiism, noun
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Examples for zombie
  • 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.
  • The resources of related zombie companies are similarly restructured in the process.
  • There is something intrinsically ridiculous about zombie movies.
  • Um, this appears to be a zombie thread resurrected by a spamming plastic surgeon.
  • As far as the few long-debunked zombie talking points they brought up, there's nothing there worth note.
  • The hardware team is using whatever discretionary power it still has to make its move to keep this zombie division alive.
  • Another zombie follows the above zombie at a financial crisis.
British Dictionary definitions for zombie

zombie

/ˈzɒmbɪ/
noun (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
Derived Forms
zombiism, noun
Word Origin
from Kongo zumbi good-luck fetish
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Word Origin and History for zombie
n.

1871, of West 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 Spanish sombra "shade, ghost." Sense "slow-witted person" is recorded from 1936.

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Slang definitions & phrases for zombie

zombie

noun
  1. A very strange person, esp one with a vacant, corpselike manner; weirdo (1930s+ Students)
  2. n unresponsive person; a mentally numb or dead person: My students are all zombies this term (1936+)

[origin uncertain; perhaps fr an African word akin to nzambi, ''god''; perhaps fr Louisiana Creole, ''phantom, ghost,'' fr Spanish sombra, ''shade, ghost''; popularized by horror stories and movies featuring the walking dead persons of voodoo belief]


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zombie in Technology


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

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