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letch

or lech

[lech]Slang.
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noun
  1. a lecherous desire or craving.
  2. a lecher.
  3. any strong desire or liking.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to behave like a lecher (often followed by for or after).
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Origin of letch

First recorded in 1790–1800; probably back formation from lecher
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British Dictionary definitions for letching

letch

verb, noun
  1. a variant spelling of lech
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Word Origin

C18: perhaps back formation from lecher
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Word Origin and History for letching

letch

n.

"craving, longing," 1796, perhaps a back-formation from lecher, or from a figurative use of latch (v.) in a secondary sense of "grasp, grasp on to."

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