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Alternative forms

  • (archaic) vampyre


From French vampire, from German Vampir, from a Slavic word, probably Serbo-Croatian vàmpīr (said to be an alteration of a term *upir). Compare Russian упы́рь (upýrʹ), Polish upiór, etc.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈvæm.paɪ.ə(ɹ)/


vampire (plural vampires)

  1. A mythological undead creature said to feed on the blood of the living. [from earlier 18th c.]
  2. (colloquial) A person with the medical condition systemic lupus erythematosus, colloquially known as vampirism, with effects such as photosensitivity and brownish-red stained teeth.
  3. A blood-sucking bat; vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) [from later 18th c.]
  4. (figuratively, derogatory) A person who drains one's time, energy, money, etc.
  5. (dated) A vamp: a seductive woman who exploits men.
    • 2004, David W. Menefee, The First Female Stars: Women of the Silent Era (page 4)
      "What followed this decision was exactly what we had expected: Mr. Fox, realizing that the public was tiring of Theda Bara in vampire roles, announced that he would star her in a production of Romeo and Juliet," she illustrated.
  6. (US, slang) A medical technician who works with patients' blood.
    • 1992, Terry Pringle, This is the Child
      Only one technician in the hospital lab, in all we have encountered, uses it. [] Eric makes no complaints other than those directed at the vampires. Brenda and I do.
    • 2000, Tracie Peterson, Colorado Wings (page 373)
      "I draw blood from patients, and then I take it back to the lab and analyze it. Sometimes, the vampires do all the sticks, that is to say the lab assistants do all the blood collections." He grinned. "We have our own language at the lab."


  • (mythological creature): nosferatu, lamia, cadaver sanguine
  • (bat): vampire bat
  • (blood drinker): hemovore, hematophagous

Derived terms

  • energy vampire
  • help vampire
  • vampire bat
  • vampire crab
  • vampire taco
  • vampiress
  • vampiric
  • vampirina
  • vampirism
  • vampiredom
  • vampirehood

Related terms

  • vamp


  • Bengali: ভ্যাম্পায়ার (bbhampayar)
  • Irish: vaimpír
  • Japanese: ヴァンパイア (vanpaia), バンパイア (banpaia)
  • Marathi: व्हॅम्पायर (vhĕmpāyar)
  • Thai: แวมไพร์ (wɛm-paai)
  • Scottish Gaelic: bhampair
  • Swahili: vampiri
  • Welsh: fampir



vampire (third-person singular simple present vampires, present participle vampiring, simple past and past participle vampired)

  1. (transitive, figuratively) To drain of energy or resources.

See also

  • werewolf
  • bloodsucker
  • hemovore
  • Vampire (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Common vampire bat on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Desmodus rotundus on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Desmodus rotundus on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons
  • Desmodus rotundus on Wikispecies.Wikispecies
  • The meaning of the word "vampire"



  • vampier




  1. vampirically

Related terms

  • vampira (vampiric)
  • vampiro (vampire)




vampire m (plural vampires)

  1. vampire

Derived terms

  • vampirique
  • vampiriser


  • Armenian: վամպիր (vampir)
  • Asturian: vampiru
  • Belarusian: вампір (vampir)
  • Catalan: vampir
  • Czech: vampýr
  • → English: vampire
    • Bengali: ভ্যাম্পায়ার (bbhampayar)
    • Irish: vaimpír
    • Japanese: ヴァンパイア (vanpaia), バンパイア (banpaia)
    • Marathi: व्हॅम्पायर (vhĕmpāyar)
    • Thai: แวมไพร์ (wɛm-paai)
    • Scottish Gaelic: bhampair
    • Swahili: vampiri
    • Welsh: fampir
  • Galician: vampiro
  • Georgian: ვამპირი (vamṗiri)
  • Greek: βαμπίρ (vampír)
  • Italian: vampiro
  • Malagasy: vampira
  • Occitan: vampire
  • Romanian: vampir
  • → Russian: вампир (vampir)
    • Azerbaijani: vampir
    • Kazakh: вампир (vampïr)
    • Kyrgyz: вампир (vampir)
    • Mongolian: вампир (vampir)
    • Turkmen: wampir
    • Uzbek: vampir
  • Slovak: vampír
  • Spanish: vampiro, vampira
    • Basque: banpiro
    • Cebuano: bampira
    • Tagalog: bampira
    • Waray-Waray: bampira
  • Turkish: vampir
  • Ukrainian: вампір (vampir)

Further reading

  • “vampire” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).



  • IPA(key): [vamˈ]


vampire f pl

  1. plural of vampiră

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