What does zombie mean?

Definitions for zombie
ˈzɒm bizom·bie

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. zombi, zombie, living deadnoun

    a dead body that has been brought back to life by a supernatural force

  2. zombi, zombie, zombi spirit, zombie spiritnoun

    (voodooism) a spirit or supernatural force that reanimates a dead body

  3. zombi, zombie, snake godnoun

    a god of voodoo cults of African origin worshipped especially in West Indies

  4. automaton, zombi, zombienoun

    someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way

    "only an automaton wouldn't have noticed"

  5. zombie, zombinoun

    several kinds of rum with fruit juice and usually apricot liqueur


  1. zombienoun

    A snake god or fetish in religions of West Africa and elsewhere.

  2. zombienoun

    A person, usually undead, animated by unnatural forces (such as magic), with no soul or will of his/her own.

  3. zombienoun

    A deceased person who becomes reanimate to attack the living.

    I shot a zombie. He was a zombie, Kenneth. The pilot was bitten before he picked us up!

  4. zombienoun

    An apathetic person.

  5. zombienoun

    A human being in a state of extreme mental exhaustion.

    After working for 18 hours on the computer, I was a zombie.

  6. zombienoun

    An information worker who has signed a nondisclosure agreement.

  7. zombienoun

    A process or task which has terminated but was not removed from the list of processes, typically because it has child processes that have not yet terminated.

  8. zombienoun

    A computer affected by malware which causes it to do whatever the attacker wants it to do without the user's knowledge.

  9. zombienoun

    A cocktail of rum and fruit juices.

  10. zombienoun

    Nickname for a conscripted member of the Canadian military during World War II who was assigned to home defence rather than to combat in Europe.

  11. zombienoun

    A hypothetical person who lacks self awareness.

  12. Etymology: From Bantu. Compare Kikongo zumbi (fetish), Kimbundu nzambi (god), and Caribbean folklore's jumbee (a spirit or demon). May also be related to sombra.


  1. Zombie

    A zombie (Haitian French: zombi, Haitian Creole: zonbi) is a mythological undead corporeal revenant created through the reanimation of a corpse. Zombies are most commonly found in horror and fantasy genre works. The term comes from Haitian folklore, in which a zombie is a dead body reanimated through various methods, most commonly magic like voodoo. Modern media depictions of the reanimation of the dead often do not involve magic but rather science fictional methods such as carriers, radiation, mental diseases, vectors, pathogens, parasites, scientific accidents, etc.The English word "zombie" was first recorded in 1819, in a history of Brazil by the poet Robert Southey, in the form of "zombi". The Oxford English Dictionary gives the word's origin as Central African and compares it to the Kongo words nzambi (god) and zumbi or nzumbi (fetish). Some authors also compare it to the Kongo word vumbi (mvumbi) (ghost, revenant, corpse that still retains the soul), (nvumbi) (body without a soul). A Kimbundu-to-Portuguese dictionary from 1903 defines the related word nzumbi as soul, while a later Kimbundu–Portuguese dictionary defines it as being a "spirit that is supposed to wander the earth to torment the living". One of the first books to expose Western culture to the concept of the voodoo zombie was W. B. Seabrook's The Magic Island (1929), the account of a narrator who encounters voodoo cults in Haiti and their resurrected thralls. A new version of the zombie, distinct from that described in Haitian folklore, emerged in popular culture during the latter half of the 20th century. This interpretation of the zombie is drawn largely from George A. Romero's film Night of the Living Dead (1968), which was partly inspired by Richard Matheson's novel I Am Legend (1954). The word zombie is not used in Night of the Living Dead, but was applied later by fans. After zombie films such as Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Michael Jackson's music video Thriller (1983), the genre waned for some years. An evolution of the zombie archetype came with the video games Resident Evil and The House of the Dead in the late 1990s, with their more scientific and action-oriented approach and their introduction of fast-running zombies, leading to a resurgence of zombies in popular culture. These games were initially followed by a wave of low-budget Asian zombie films such as the zombie comedy Bio Zombie (1998) and action film Versus (2000), and then a new wave of popular Western zombie films in the early 2000s, including films featuring fast-running zombies—such as 28 Days Later (2002), the Resident Evil and House of the Dead films, the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake, and the British zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead (2004). The "zombie apocalypse" concept, in which the civilized world is brought low by a global zombie infestation, has since become a staple of modern popular art, seen in such media as The Walking Dead franchise. The late 2000s and 2010s saw the humanization and romanticization of the zombie archetype, with the zombies increasingly portrayed as friends and love interests for humans.


  1. zombie

    A zombie is a corpse said to be revived by witchcraft, often found in folklore and popular culture, particularly in Caribbean and African traditions. In modern contexts, zombies are often depicted as undead creatures in horror and fantasy films, TV shows and video games, typically with an insatiable hunger for human flesh or brains, and a lack of consciousness or individual will. The term can also metaphorically refer to a person or thing that appears lifeless, apathetic, or completely unresponsive to their surroundings.


  1. Zombie

    A zombie is an animated corpse resurrected by mystical means, such as witchcraft. The term is often figuratively applied to describe a hypnotized person bereft of consciousness and self-awareness, yet ambulant and able to respond to surrounding stimuli. Since the late 19th century, zombies have acquired notable popularity, especially in North American and European folklore. In modern times, the term "zombie" has been applied to an undead being in horror fiction, often drawing from the depiction of zombies in George A. Romero's 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. They have appeared as plot devices in various books, films, television shows, video games and comics.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. zombie

    1. [Unix] A process that has died but has not yet relinquished its process table slot (because the parent process hasn't executed a wait(2) for it yet). These can be seen in ps(1) listings occasionally. Compare orphan. 2. A machine, especially someone's home box, that has been cracked and is being used as part of a second-stage attack by miscreants trying to mask their home IP address. Especially used of machines being exploited in large gangs for a mechanized denial-of-service attack like Tribe Flood Network; the image that goes with this is of a veritable army of zombies mindlessly doing the bidding of a necromancer.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of zombie in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of zombie in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of zombie in a Sentence

  1. Patrick Williams:

    'Featured zombie' is the term they use for the zombies that have all the prosthetics and the camera is right up on them, and they usually have some interaction with the cast or they're gnawing on somebody.

  2. Neil Dwane:

    There is huge denial on the bad debts sitting in many 'zombie' euro zone banks.

  3. Alan Rechtschaffen:

    I think the market is ready and comfortable for an increasing Fed funds rate, we just have to turn this aircraft carrier around, get out of this zombie-like economy which is being fed on an elixir of low interest rates and get to a process of normalization.

  4. Liu Dongchuan:

    We've tried lots of different ways to advertise to overseas customers but at the moment we're focused on using Twitter, Google and Facebook, the reason is because you know these users are real users, active users, not zombie users.

  5. Matthew Vadum:

    In the President Obama era, the entertainment industry has been openly complicit in administration plans to promote so-called health care reform, for example, gleefully parachuting pro-Obamacare propaganda into TV shows, as the president tries to unilaterally crack down on firearms, it's not like he needs to put a gun to Hollywood heads.Zombie-like, they'll repeat any words he stuffs into their mouths.

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