leech: Meaning and Definition of
- any bloodsucking or carnivorous aquatic or terrestrial worm of the class Hirudinea, certain freshwater species of which were formerly much used in medicine for bloodletting.
- a person who clings to another for personal gain, esp. without giving anything in return, and usually with the implication or effect of exhausting the other's resources; parasite.
- an instrument used for drawing blood.
- to apply leeches to, so as to bleed.
- to cling to and feed upon or drain, as a leech: His relatives leeched him until his entire fortune was exhausted.
- to cure; heal.
- to hang on to a person in the manner of a leech: She leeched on to him for dear life.
— n. Archaic.
- a physician.
— n. Naut.
- either of the lateral edges of a square sail.
- the after edge of a fore-and-aft sail. See diag. under
- 1893–1974, U.S. historian, novelist, and biographer.
- leech (Thesaurus)