What does parasite mean?

Definitions for parasiteˈpær əˌsaɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word parasite.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. parasite(noun)

    an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); it obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host

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

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


  1. parasite(Noun)

    A (generally undesirable) living organism that exists by stealing the resources produced/collected by another living organism.

    Lice, fleas, ticks and mites are widely spread parasites.

  2. parasite(Noun)

    A person who relies on other people's efforts and gives little back (originally a sycophant).

  3. Origin: From parasitus, from παράσιτος, from noun use of adjective meaning "feeding beside", from παρά + σῖτος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parasite(noun)

    one who frequents the tables of the rich, or who lives at another's expense, and earns his welcome by flattery; a hanger-on; a toady; a sycophant

  2. Parasite(noun)

    a plant obtaining nourishment immediately from other plants to which it attaches itself, and whose juices it absorbs; -- sometimes, but erroneously, called epiphyte

  3. Parasite(noun)

    a plant living on or within an animal, and supported at its expense, as many species of fungi of the genus Torrubia

  4. Parasite(noun)

    an animal which lives during the whole or part of its existence on or in the body of some other animal, feeding upon its food, blood, or tissues, as lice, tapeworms, etc

  5. Parasite(noun)

    an animal which steals the food of another, as the parasitic jager

  6. Parasite(noun)

    an animal which habitually uses the nest of another, as the cowbird and the European cuckoo

  7. Origin: [F., fr. L. parasitus, Gr. para`sitos, lit., eating beside, or at the table of, another; para` beside + sitei^n to feed, from sitos wheat, grain, food.]


  1. Parasite

    The Parasite is the name of several fictional characters that appear in Superman comic book stories published by DC Comics. A supervillain, Parasite has the ability to temporarily absorb the energy, knowledge and super-powers of another being by touch, making him a formidable foe for the Man of Steel. In 2009, The Parasite was ranked as IGN's 61st Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parasite

    par′a-sīt, n. one who frequents another's table: a hanger-on: a sycophant: (bot.) a plant growing upon and nourished by the juices of another: (zool.) an animal which lives on another—its host.—adjs. Parasit′ic, -al, like a parasite: fawning: acting as a sycophant: living on other plants or animals.—adv. Parasit′ically.—ns. Parasit′icalness; Parasit′icide, that which destroys parasites; Par′asitism; Parasitol′ogist; Parasitol′ogy. [Fr.,—L. parasītus—Gr. parasitospara, beside, sitos, corn.]

Anagrams for parasite »

  1. aspirate, pastiera


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parasite in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parasite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Adopted from Lance Fusco.:

    The perfect host requires the perfect parasite.

  2. Neeraj Mistry:

    (The drugs) cause a reduction in the parasite so when the mosquito bites the person it doesn't transmit the disease.

  3. Neeraj Mistry:

    In catching those last few cases, that's when diagnostics become important, [Then we can] know if the parasite has been completely eliminated from the population.

  4. Piers Mitchell:

    We were keen to study the latrine, in case there was evidence for parasite species that shouldn't be in the region, which would indicate the presence of travelers.

  5. Mark Woolhouse:

    A better understanding of how this milder parasite may protect against the more lethal form of the disease could generate new approaches to reducing severe illness and deaths from malaria.

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