verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of leach1
Origin of leech3
Examples from the Web for leach
Contemporary Examples of leach
Leach ran an ad teasing Margolies about her Clinton connection, dismissing the first family of Democratic politics as old news.What Democratic Revolt? Moderate Cruises in PA-13 Primary
May 21, 2014
Leach was active in several moderate groups during his 30 years in the House, losing his bid for reelection in 2006.The Incredible Shrinking GOP Moderates
July 29, 2011
But through trial and error, Leach and his co-founder Randy Crochet, a real estate investor, improved the product.The Healthiest Fast Food Chain
November 2, 2010
Historical Examples of leach
The next instant, Mr. Leach reported the anchor catted and fished.
Mr. Leach hailed the boats, and ordered them to send their gang of labourers on shore.
Heave the hussy up to her anchor, Mr. Leach, when we will cast an eye to her moorings.
I say Leach, perhaps he might lend us a hand when it comes to the pinch with poor Monday.
"They generally give 'em prayer, in the river, in this stage of the attack," said Leach.
Word Origin for leach
- an archaic word for physician
- (in combination)leechcraft
Word Origin for leech
Word Origin for leech
Old English leccan "to moisten, water, wet, irrigate," (see leak). The word disappears, then re-emerges late 18c. in a technological sense in reference to percolating liquids. Related: Leached; leaching.
"bloodsucking aquatic worm," from Old English læce (Kentish lyce), of unknown origin (with a cognate in Middle Dutch lake). Commonly regarded as a transferred use of leech (n.2), but the Old English forms suggest a distinct word, which has been assimilated to leech (n.2) by folk etymology [see OED]. Figuratively applied to human parasites since 1784.
obsolete for "physician," from Old English læce, probably from Old Danish læke, from Proto-Germanic *lekjaz "enchanter, one who speaks magic words; healer, physician" (cf. Old Frisian letza, Old Saxon laki, Old Norse læknir, Old High German lahhi, Gothic lekeis "physician"), literally "one who counsels," perhaps connected with a root found in Celtic (cf. Irish liaig "charmer, exorcist, physician") and Slavic (cf. Serbo-Croatian lijekar, Polish lekarz), from PIE *lep-agi "conjurer," from root *leg- "to collect," with derivatives meaning "to speak" (see lecture (n.)).
For sense development, cf. Old Church Slavonic baliji "doctor," originally "conjurer," related to Serbo-Croatian bajati "enchant, conjure;" Old Church Slavonic vrači, Russian vrač "doctor," related to Serbo-Croatian vrač "sorcerer, fortune-teller." The form merged with leech (n.1) in Middle English, apparently by folk etymology. In 17c., leech usually was applied only to veterinary practitioners. The fourth finger of the hand, in Old English, was læcfinger, translating Latin digitus medicus, Greek daktylus iatrikos, supposedly because a vein from that finger stretches straight to the heart.