What does Leech mean?

Definitions for Leechlitʃ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. leech, bloodsucker, hirudinean(noun)

    carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end

  2. leech, parasite, sponge, sponger(verb)

    a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

  3. bleed, leech, phlebotomize, phlebotomise(verb)

    draw blood

    "In the old days, doctors routinely bled patients as part of the treatment"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leech(noun)

    see 2d Leach

  2. Leech(verb)

    see Leach, v. t

  3. Leech(noun)

    the border or edge at the side of a sail

  4. Leech(noun)

    a physician or surgeon; a professor of the art of healing

  5. Leech(noun)

    any one of numerous genera and species of annulose worms, belonging to the order Hirudinea, or Bdelloidea, esp. those species used in medicine, as Hirudo medicinalis of Europe, and allied species

  6. Leech(noun)

    a glass tube of peculiar construction, adapted for drawing blood from a scarified part by means of a vacuum

  7. Leech(verb)

    to treat as a surgeon; to doctor; as, to leech wounds

  8. Leech(verb)

    to bleed by the use of leeches

  9. Origin: [OE. leche, lche, physician, AS. lce; akin to Fries. ltza, OHG. lhh, Icel. lknari, Sw. lkare, Dan. lge, Goth. lkeis, AS. lcnian to heal, Sw. lka, Dan. lge, Icel. lkna, Goth. lkinn.]


  1. Leech

    Leeches are segmented worms that belong to the phylum Annelida and comprise the subclass Hirudinea. Like other oligochaetes, such as earthworms, leeches share a clitellum and are hermaphrodites. Nevertheless, they differ from other oligochaetes in significant ways. For example, leeches do not have bristles and the external segmentation of their bodies does not correspond with the internal segmentation of their organs. Their bodies are much more solid as the spaces in their coelom are dense with connective tissues. They also have two suckers, one at each end. The majority of leeches live in freshwater environments, while some species can be found in terrestrial and marine environments, as well. Most leeches are hematophagous, as they are predominantly blood suckers that feed on blood from vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Almost 700 species of leeches are currently recognized, of which some 100 are marine, 90 terrestrial and the remainder freshwater taxa. Leeches, such as the Hirudo medicinalis, have been historically used in medicine to remove blood from patients. The practice of leeching can be traced to ancient India and Greece, and continued well into the 18th and 19th centuries in both Europe and North America. In modern times, the practice of leeching is much rarer and has been replaced by other contemporary uses of leeches, such as the reattachment of body parts and reconstructive and plastic surgeries and, in Germany, treating osteoarthritis.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Leech

    lēch, n. the edge of a sail at the sides. [Ice. lík, a leech-line; Dan. lig; Sw. lik, a bolt-rope.]

  2. Leech

    lēch, n. a blood-sucking worm: a physician.—v.t. to apply leeches to.—ns. Leech′craft, Leech′dom. [A.S. lǽce, one who heals; cf. Goth. leikeis.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. leech

    1. n. (Also leecher.) Among BBS types, crackers and warez d00dz, one who consumes knowledge without generating new software, cracks, or techniques. BBS culture specifically defines a leech as someone who downloads files with few or no uploads in return, and who does not contribute to the message section. Cracker culture extends this definition to someone (a lamer, usually) who constantly presses informed sources for information and/or assistance, but has nothing to contribute. See troughie. 2. v. [common, Toronto area] v. To download a file across any kind of internet link. “Hop on IRC later so I can leech some MP3s from you.” Used to describe activities ranging from FTP, to IRC DCC-send, to ICQ file requests, to Napster searches (but never to downloading email with file attachments; the implication is that the download is the result of a browse or search of some sort of file server). Seems to be a holdover from the early 1990s when Toronto had a very active BBS and warez scene. Synonymous with snarf (sense 2), and contrast snarf (sense 4).


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Leech in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Leech in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anuj Somany:

    A person who could merely preach but not practise in own life can reach only up to the people who are just parasites and leech.

  2. Mickey Mehta:

    Choose fulfillment over trophy , don't leech away life always... embrace philanthropy & choose evolution over entropy . Going around is life's nature...let giving be the only culture . Let your giving be maximized , your returns will be optimized and you shall get Mickeymized

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