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Leech /litʃ/

adjective Conversion or zero derivation of noun ghost.
Someone who constantly copies things from others like styles, phrases, and actions. Leech people are also known to sponge off of others, like asking for help but never granting a favor in return.
 
Leech is used to describe someone who copies everything or benefits from others. It is like a metaphor, when you describe someone as a leech you are comparing them to the worms with suckers as that person is “sucking” your personality and kindness.
Etymology : Conversion or zero derivation where the noun leech was changed into the adjective leech. Where the noun leech is used to describe a type of worm that has suckers and sticks into another being’s skin (not beneficial), leech is used to describe someone that sucks someone’s personality and copies it. A leech also sticks with that person and will always be there to copy them but never to help them. Became popular in 2010 (Retrieved from etymonline.com and vocabulary.com).
Source : Friends (back home) Friend 1: “I like your jacket so much, where did you get it from?” Friend 2: “Thanks, I got it from Zara.” ...few days later friend is wearing the same jacket… Friend 1: “Do you like my jacket?” Friend 2: “You’re such a leech, but yes, I like it.” (In-person, June 2019). This usage of the term was first recorded in urban dictionary by a user Gerk back in 2004 (Retrieved from urbandictionary.com).
Last modified: 9 December 2019


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