Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bloodsucker \Blood"suck`er\, n.
(Zo["o]l.) Any animal that sucks blood; esp., the leech ( Hirudo medicinalis), and related species.
One who sheds blood; a cruel, bloodthirsty man; one guilty of bloodshed; a murderer. [Obs.]
A hard and exacting master, landlord, or money lender; an extortioner.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
alt. 1 One who drinks the blood of others, especially by sucking blood through a puncture wound; a hemovore. 2 By extension, any parasite. 3 By extension, one who attempts to take as much from others as possible. 4 A vampire. n. 1 One who drinks the blood of others, especially by sucking blood through a puncture wound; a hemovore. 2 By extension, any parasite. 3 By extension, one who attempts to take as much from others as possible. 4 A vampire.
Usage examples of "bloodsucker".
Already he had tentatively planned on bouncing the bloodsucker around from one century to another, as long as that game could be kept going.
The worst of them was a stinging insect which left huge welts but the most insidious was a leechlike bloodsucker.
I've had all sorts of trouble keeping the bloodsuckers from attaching themselves to the calves.
If getting bitten made vampires, we'd be up to our earlobes in bloodsuckers in nothing flat.
He began to twist the sleeves tighter and tighter, finally managing to crush part of the bloodsucker inside the coat.
Ryan said as he gripped the edges of the dying bloodsucker's anterior end that still clung to Doc's face.
The tip of the honed blade of the panga slid into the bloodsucker, and Ryan pulled the blade down.
The dead-fish pallor of his skin was offset by an almost perfect red ring from chin to forehead where the attaching teeth of the bloodsucker had bit.
Between that horrible bloodsucker back in the swamps and my unfortunate fall last night, I could certainly use the steadying support of my walking stick.
He yanked the bloodsucker’s hair, pulling back its head, and brought the stake around from behind to plunge it into the vampire’s heart.
Even as she set off after Giles, Buffy struck the third bloodsucker in the face, shattering his nose.
They won’t take us far, but they’ll throw the damned bloodsuckers into chaos for a bit.
Sure, she had a stake, but Cordy was mainly using a weapon that didn’t do anything but spook the bloodsuckers, buying the others precious moments.
It stumbled back at the same time as the childish bloodsucker darted forward and tried to spring at her, but Buffy swatted the girl away as though she were nothing more than an annoying mosquito.
It would be a weak blow and comparatively speaking, the mouth thing here was a lot bigger than a bloodsucker and she really didn’t want to lose her leg if it managed to bite her.