Definition of zombie noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈzɒmbi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈzɑːmbi//
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  1. 1(informal) a person who seems only partly alive, without any feeling or interest in what is happening
  2. 2(in some African and Caribbean religions and in horror stories) a dead body that has been made alive again by magic
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent.: of West African origin; compare with Kikongo (a language spoken in central Africa) zumbi ‘fetish’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: zombie