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lecher

[lech-er]
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noun
  1. a man given to excessive sexual indulgence; a lascivious or licentious man.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to engage in lechery.
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Origin of lecher

1125–75; Middle English lech(o)ur < Anglo-French; Old French lecheor glutton, libertine, equivalent to lech(ier) to lick (< Germanic; compare Old High German leccōn to lick) + -eor -or2
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  • Or sculpture because from the guiltless marble may be wrought a drunken Silenus or a lechering satyr?

    The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8

    Ambrose Bierce


British Dictionary definitions for lechering

lecher

noun
  1. a promiscuous or lewd man
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Word Origin

C12: from Old French lecheor lecher, from lechier to lick, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German leccōn to lick
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Word Origin and History for lechering

lecher

n.

"man given to excessive sexual indulgence," late 12c., from Old French lecheor (Modern French lécheur) "one living a life of debauchery," especially "one given to sexual indulgence," literally "licker," agent noun from lechier "to lick, to live in debauchery or gluttony," from Frankish *likkon or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *likkojan "to lick" or some other Germanic source (see lick). The Old French feminine form was lechiere. Middle English, meanwhile, had lickestre "female who licks;" figuratively "a pleasure seeker," literally "lickster."

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