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Meaning & Definition of Leech in English

English

Leech

/liʧ/

noun

1. Carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end

    synonym:
  • leech
  • ,
  • bloodsucker
  • ,
  • hirudinean

2. A follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

    synonym:
  • leech
  • ,
  • parasite
  • ,
  • sponge
  • ,
  • sponger

verb

1. Draw blood

  • "In the old days, doctors routinely bled patients as part of the treatment"
    synonym:
  • bleed
  • ,
  • leech
  • ,
  • phlebotomize
  • ,
  • phlebotomise