pl. n. zombies; v. to zombify, adj. zombified, n. zombification; v. to zombie out, to zomb out
1. n., in Haitian Vodou, a dead person who has been reanimated by a bokor, or sorcerer; the zombie has no will, and is controlled by the bokor; from Kikongo zumbi “fetish;” Kimbundu nzambi “god”; c. 19th c. See undead.
2. in modern horror literature, films, and games, an undead cannibalistic monster based loosely on Vodou zombies, usu. a shambling animated corpse driven to eat living brains and flesh; modern zombies can be brought to life through the occult or magic, or they can be the product of mad science; sometimes they are living humans affected by a medical condition causing zombie-like behavior; inspired by George A. Romero’s 1968 film Night of the Living Dead. Some zombie-based games include the board games Last Night on Earth and Zombies!!!, video games like the Dead Rising and Resident Evil series, and the role-playing game All Flesh Must Be Eaten.