1. any animal that sucks blood, especially a leech.
  2. an extortioner or usurer.
  3. sponger(def 2).


  1. an animal that sucks blood, esp a leech or mosquito
  2. a person or thing that preys upon another person, esp by extorting money

also blood-sucker, late 14c., of animals, from blood (n.) + sucker (n.); in the figurative sense, of persons, it is attested from 1660s.

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