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leech 1

 (lēch)
n.
1. Any of various chiefly aquatic carnivorous or bloodsucking annelid worms of the class (or subclass) Hirudinea, of which one species (Hirudo medicinalis) was formerly widely used by physicians for therapeutic bloodletting.
2. One that preys on or clings to another; a parasite.
3. Archaic A physician.
v. leeched, leech·ing, leech·es
v.tr.
1. To bleed with leeches.
2. To drain the essence or exhaust the resources of.
v.intr.
To attach oneself to another in the manner of a leech.

[Middle English leche, physician, leech, from Old English lǣce; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

leech 2

 (lēch)
n. Nautical
1. Either vertical edge of a square sail.
2. The after edge of a fore-and-aft sail.

[Middle English leche, probably from Middle Low German līk, leech line; see leig- in Indo-European roots.]

leech

(liːtʃ)
n
1. (Animals) any annelid worm of the class Hirudinea, which have a sucker at each end of the body and feed on the blood or tissues of other animals. See also horseleech, medicinal leech
2. a person who clings to or preys on another person
3. (Medicine)
a. an archaic word for physician
b. (in combination): leechcraft.
4. cling like a leech to cling or adhere persistently to something
vb
(Medicine) (tr) to use leeches to suck the blood of (a person), as a method of medical treatment
[Old English lǣce, lœce; related to Middle Dutch lieke]
ˈleechˌlike adj

leech

(liːtʃ) or

leach

n
(Nautical Terms) nautical the after edge of a fore-and-aft sail or either of the vertical edges of a squaresail
[C15: of Germanic origin; compare Dutch lijk]

leech1

(litʃ)
n.
1. any bloodsucking annelid worm of the class Hirudinea, as the European Hirudo medicinalis, once used widely for bloodletting.
2. a person who clings to another for personal gain, esp. without giving anything in return; parasite.
3. Archaic. an instrument used for drawing blood.
v.t.
4. to apply leeches to, so as to bleed.
5. to cling to and feed upon or drain, as a leech does; exhaust; deplete.
6. Archaic. to cure; heal.
v.i.
7. to hang on to a person in the manner of a leech.
[before 900; Middle English leche, Old English lǣce; replacing (by association with leech2) Middle English liche, Old English lȳce, c. Middle Dutch lieke]

leech2

(litʃ)

n. Archaic.
a physician.
[before 1150; Middle English leche, Old English lǣce; c. Old Saxon lāki, Old High German lāhhi, Gothic lēkeis; akin to Old Norse lǣknir]

leech3

(litʃ)

n.
1. either of the lateral edges of a square sail.
2. the after edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
[1350–1400; leche, Middle English lich(e)]

leech

(lēch)
Any of various worms that live in water and suck blood from other animals, including humans. One species, the medicinal leech, has been used in bloodletting and in helping to heal wounds and surgical grafts. Leeches are annelids, related to earthworms.

leech


Past participle: leeched
Gerund: leeching

Imperative
leech
leech
Present
I leech
you leech
he/she/it leeches
we leech
you leech
they leech
Preterite
I leeched
you leeched
he/she/it leeched
we leeched
you leeched
they leeched
Present Continuous
I am leeching
you are leeching
he/she/it is leeching
we are leeching
you are leeching
they are leeching
Present Perfect
I have leeched
you have leeched
he/she/it has leeched
we have leeched
you have leeched
they have leeched
Past Continuous
I was leeching
you were leeching
he/she/it was leeching
we were leeching
you were leeching
they were leeching
Past Perfect
I had leeched
you had leeched
he/she/it had leeched
we had leeched
you had leeched
they had leeched
Future
I will leech
you will leech
he/she/it will leech
we will leech
you will leech
they will leech
Future Perfect
I will have leeched
you will have leeched
he/she/it will have leeched
we will have leeched
you will have leeched
they will have leeched
Future Continuous
I will be leeching
you will be leeching
he/she/it will be leeching
we will be leeching
you will be leeching
they will be leeching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been leeching
you have been leeching
he/she/it has been leeching
we have been leeching
you have been leeching
they have been leeching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been leeching
you will have been leeching
he/she/it will have been leeching
we will have been leeching
you will have been leeching
they will have been leeching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been leeching
you had been leeching
he/she/it had been leeching
we had been leeching
you had been leeching
they had been leeching
Conditional
I would leech
you would leech
he/she/it would leech
we would leech
you would leech
they would leech
Past Conditional
I would have leeched
you would have leeched
he/she/it would have leeched
we would have leeched
you would have leeched
they would have leeched
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leech - carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each endleech - carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end
annelid, annelid worm, segmented worm - worms with cylindrical bodies segmented both internally and externally
class Hirudinea, Hirudinea - hermaphroditic aquatic or terrestrial or parasitic annelids
Hirudo medicinalis, medicinal leech - large European freshwater leech formerly used for bloodletting
horseleech - any of several large freshwater leeches
2.leech - a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another
Verb1.leech - draw bloodleech - draw blood; "In the old days, doctors routinely bled patients as part of the treatment"
practice of medicine, medicine - the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries; "he studied medicine at Harvard"
care for, treat - provide treatment for; "The doctor treated my broken leg"; "The nurses cared for the bomb victims"; "The patient must be treated right away or she will die"; "Treat the infection with antibiotics"

leech

noun parasite, hanger-on, sycophant, freeloader (slang), sponger (informal), ligger (slang), bloodsucker (informal) They're just a bunch of leeches cadging off others!

leech

noun
One who depends on another for support without reciprocating:
Slang: freeloader.
verb
To take advantage of the generosity of others:
Informal: sponge.
Slang: freeload.
Translations
عَلَق
пиявица
pijavice
igle
hirudo
kaan
iilimatojuotikas
pijavica
pióca
igla, blóîsuga
ヒル
hirudo
dėlė
dēle
pijavica
pijavka
igel
đỉa

leech

[liːtʃ] Nsanguijuela f (also fig)
to stick to sb like a leechpegarse a algn como una lapa

leech

[ˈliːtʃ] n
(= animal) → sangsue f
(fig) (pejorative) (= person) → sangsue f

leech

nBlutegel m; (fig)Blutsauger(in) m(f)

leech

[liːtʃ] nsanguisuga

leech

(liːtʃ) noun
a kind of blood-sucking worm.

leech

n. sanguijuela, gusano anélido acuático chupador de sangre;
artificial ___ventosa.

leech

n sanguijuela