Zombie Slang and Terminology

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This section is for terms introduced in notable works, or introduced in fields relevant to the topic.

This page deals with slang terms for a Zombie apocalypse, in the heat of the moment it's easy to garble in horror at the situation and important messages are lost so easy terms are introduced by the military which are inevitably adopted and mutated by civilians. Due to the scattered human population in a post-apocalyptic setting there are various redundancies as uconnected areas will use differing dialects.



Breathers- All survivors


Ferals - Humans regressed to animal instincts. Typically children surviving alone.

Quislings - People that become delusional and think they are zombies, themselves


Grunts - Infantry

Hotties - Have flame throwers

Boot - New soldier in training

Cavalry - Usually scout helicopters or other fast and light vehicles

Spec Ops/Operators - Special Operations qualified personnel


  • Abominations
  • Biters
  • Baneling (from "Legend of the Seeker)
  • Cannibal Corpses
  • Crawlers/Draggers/Ankle-Biters - No legs but have arm(s)
  • Creepy Crawlies (from "The Walking Dead" video game)
  • Beaters (From the novel "Aftertime")
  • Dead Heads
  • Dead Beats
  • Draggers: Zombies that are usually missing the lower half of their body.
  • Geeks
  • Ghouls
  • Infected - Broad term for zombie, although technically, it refers specifically to living people transformed by a virus. Typically move at full human speed.
  • Lame brains
  • Lurker (zombies that hide in dark places)
  • Meat bags
  • Monsters (Used in "The Walking Dead")
  • Mudo (Forest of Hands and Teeth)
  • Noob (Any newly infected zombie, used by Todd Wainio in World War Z)
  • Necrotics
  • Parents: (The Dead)
  • Puppies and Kittens (Z Nation)
  • Revived/Revitalized:(The Zom-B Chronicles) Though, the revitalized maintain the memory of their former life and still have free will
  • Risen
  • Roamers (Used in "The Walking Dead") 
  • Rotter (Zombies that have been rotting for a long time)
  • Runners
  • Skels/Skeletons (Zone One)
  • Shufflers
  • Slackjaws
  • Stiffs
  • Stragglers (Zone One)
  • Swimmer (a Bloated Zombie)
  • Tin cans (in riot gear or any metal armor)
  • Them
  • The living dead
  • The Resurrected (Z Nation)
  • The walking dead
  • Unconsecrated (Forest of Hands and Teeth)
  • Undead
  • Walkers
  • Whiskey Delta (Left 4 Dead)
  • Zachs/Zacks
  • Zagtags
  • Zeds
  • Zed heads
  • Zeek/Zeke
  • Ziggers
  • Zim-Zlam-Zlimmer-Fimmer
  • Zipples
  • Zom-boms
  • Zoms
  • ZQN (I am a Hero)
  • Z's

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