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liquorish

[lik-er-ish] /ˈlɪk ər ɪʃ/
adjective, Archaic.
1.

lickerish

or liquorish

[lik-er-ish] /ˈlɪk ər ɪʃ/
adjective, Archaic.
1.
fond of and eager for choice food.
2.
greedy; longing.
3.
lustful; lecherous.
Origin of lickerish
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English liker(ous) pleasing to the taste, literally, to a licker (see lick, -er1) + -ish1
Related forms
lickerishly, adverb
lickerishness, noun
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Examples from the Web for liquorish
Historical Examples
  • Is it because a liquorish palate, or a sweet-tooth, as they call it, is not consistent with the sanctity of his character?

    History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)

    Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
  • A liquorish sentimentality is the ever-threatening rock upon which the bark of young American novelists goes to pieces.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • Many and great are the injuries of which some men are guilty towards others, for the sake of gratifying some liquorish appetite.

  • It is not permitted to ferment more than half a day, because it would not be so liquorish.

  • It's too faint for 'bacca-leaves, and it ain't sweet enough for liquorish.

  • Are its gaieties mere41 febrile imaginings of liquorish dreamers?

    Europe After 8:15 H. L. Mencken, George Jean Nathan and Willard Huntington Wright
  • The liquorish tailor listened greedily, expecting to hear of the means whereby his condition would be so wonderfully amended.

  • He turned a liquorish eye upon me, and murmured, between the puffs of smoke, "What might ye be wantin' of him?"

    The Log of a Sea-Waif Frank T. Bullen
  • I could find in my heart to turn thee out of my dominions, for a liquorish monster.

  • liquorish, now usually spelled lickerish, is allied to lecherous, and has no connection with liquor or with liquorice.

    Minor Poems by Milton John Milton
British Dictionary definitions for liquorish

liquorish

/ˈlɪkərɪʃ/
adjective
1.
a variant spelling of lickerish
2.
(Brit) a variant of liquorice
Derived Forms
liquorishly, adverb
liquorishness, noun

lickerish

/ˈlɪkərɪʃ/
adjective (archaic)
1.
lecherous or lustful
2.
greedy; gluttonous
3.
appetizing or tempting
Derived Forms
lickerishly, liquorishly, adverb
lickerishness, liquorishness, noun
Word Origin
C16: changed from C13 lickerous, via Norman French from Old French lechereus lecherous; see lecher
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Word Origin and History for liquorish

lickerish

adj.

"fond of delicious fare," c.1500, from Middle English likerous "pleasing to the palate" (late 13c.), from Anglo-French *likerous, Old French licherous (see lecherous). Unlike the French word, it generally kept close to its literal sense.

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