- 1 A corpse said to be revived by witchcraft, especially in certain African and Caribbean religions.
- 1.1 (in popular fiction) a person or reanimated corpse that has been turned into a creature capable of movement but not of rational thought, which feeds on human flesh.‘a world overrun by zombies’‘a horde of mindless zombies craving brains’
- 1.2 informal A person who is or appears lifeless, apathetic, or completely unresponsive to their surroundings.
- 1.3 Philosophy A hypothetical being that responds to stimulus as a person would but that does not experience consciousness.
- 1.4 A computer controlled by another person without the owner’s knowledge and used for sending spam or other illegal or illicit activities.
- 2 A cocktail consisting of several kinds of rum, liqueur, and fruit juice.
Early 19th century: of West African origin; compare with Kikongo zumbi ‘fetish’.
Well there you have it the dictionary description of the word. All pure fantasy of course unless you actually believe in such things. All I can say is the West African people must have had a vivid imagination! On the morning of the 13 th October I awoke soon after 1 am. I had gone to bed early and ready for a good night’s sleep but didn’t get it until after eight-thirty which meant I had four and a half hours. I often only get that amount of sleep. However I was wide awake and ready for the day despite that. It had been raining throughout the night and was still raining as I stepped outside to go for a walk at two-forty. I was grateful for the lack of wind. On my return home I began to feel the effects of little sleep and wandered about like the zombie of 1.2 above. I never did like eating human flesh and I do have a conscience. Neither am I a computer under the control of another user. Perhaps a shot of 2 might have helped but I rather fancy a long sound sleep would be more appropriate! The matchsticks propping open my eyes helped whist I watched catch-up tv for a couple of hours after which I was as right as rain. Do you think I’m overdoing things a tad? Nah! I doubt it.