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or lech

  1. a lecherous desire or craving.
  2. a lecher.
  3. any strong desire or liking.
verb (used without object)
  1. to behave like a lecher (often followed by for or after).

Origin of letch

First recorded in 1790–1800; probably back formation from lecher
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Historical Examples of lech

  • On the 14th the Swedes found the passage of the Lech guarded by Tilly.

    The Thirty Years' War

    Samuel Rawson Gardiner

  • Tilly, who was to defend Bavaria, was again encountered and defeated at Lech.


    Victor Nilsson

  • Marlborough and his army crossed the Lech, and proceeded to follow him.

  • The Elector, watching all this from just beyond the Lech, was in despair.

  • Nearly all the enemy were slaughtered or drowned in the river Lech.

British Dictionary definitions for lech



  1. (intr usually foll by after) to behave lecherously (towards); lust (after)
  1. a lecherous act or indulgence

Word Origin for lech

C19: back formation from lecher


  1. a river in central Europe, rising in SW Austria and flowing generally north through S Germany to the River Danube. Length: 285 km (177 miles)


verb, noun
  1. a variant spelling of lech

Word Origin for letch

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

"Celtic monumental stone," 1768, from Welsh llech, cognate with Gaelic and Irish leac (see cromlech).


"yen, strong desire" (especially sexual), 1796, variant of letch. Meaning "a lecher" is by 1943.



"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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